Every passing week seems to bring new heat to the MVP race, which is shaping up to be a too-close-to-call verdict between LeBron James and Kevin Durant. This appears to be the closes MVP race in the past decade. Or maybe it can just be Lebron fatigue? Kevin Durant has been on a mission since the start of the season and put Lebron James on notice.
As a result, the balance of the award seems to shift on a weekly basis. If that waffling persists, James and Durant could be closing in on one of the tightest MVP races in recent memory, if not in NBA history.
More than halfway through the NBA season, the race for the MVP is hotter than ever. Kevin Durant and LeBron James have played out of this world thus far. No one should ever forget Durant’s outrageous month of basketball in January where he poured in 40-plus points in five games. James took note of Durant’s superhuman-like play, going on a tear of his own in February where he became the first player to shoot over 64-percent from the field on a minimum of 200 shot attempts — becoming the first player to do so since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s month of madness in March of 1983.
The Durant vs. James debate has never been hotter as it continues to blaze out of control. When you compare the two seasons these two legendary players are having, you cannot forget the hardships they have had to overcome as their respective teams battled key injuries early on. James has done his damage with a hobbled Dwyane Wade, while Durant has done most of his work with Russell Westbrook missing a large portion of the season.
Without taking anything away from James, I personally believe that Durant is winning the race by a landslide. The only thing keeping James afloat is his spectacular field-goal percentages during his best stretches of play. Unlike Durant, James is able to take more high percentage shots on a Miami Heat team that has three solid scoring options; KD has had to do it all for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Durant has not only scored at high clips, but he is also averaging a career-high in assists with 5.6 per game. Durant’s barrage of 40-points games, including a couple triple-doubles and some very clutch shots, should be enough to persuade anyone to give him the lead in the MVP race right now.