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Did LeBron James Just Concede This Year’s NBA MVP Award To Kevin Durant?

Submitted by on April 12, 2014 – 10:11 amNo Comment
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There are still a few games left in the 2013-14 NBA regular season. So even though he doesn’t have a ton of time, LeBron James could still make a push to win this year’s NBA Most Valuable Player award. It’s not going to be easy, seeing as how Kevin Durant just ran off an incredible scoring streak that saw him score at least 25 points in 41 straight games. But LBJ has been plenty impressive this season as well and, at one point, even looked like the frontrunner for the MVP award. But late last week, LeBron seemed to concede the NBA MVP award to Durant when he spoke publicly about why Durant deserves to win it this year.

“I would say he’s the most consistent basketball player as far as the MVP this year, man,” James said. “He’s put up some great numbers…I think KD has had one heck of a season. And, you know, if he’s rewarded with the MVP, it would be great. It would be awesome for him, for his family. He’s played MVP-type basketball. I don’t really get caught up into what people say. At the end of the day, they have their own votes and they go from there.”

LeBron might say that he doesn’t get “caught up” in all of the MVP talk. But judging by the statements that he just made, he does. And judging by the statements, he’s already essentially conceding the MVP trophy to Durant. And you know what? He should. We wouldn’t be mad at LeBron winning another MVP trophy. But after the year that he’s had, we don’t see how Durant doesn’t win it this year. He’s been the best player in the entire NBA thus far and, even though there is still some time left in the season, there’s no reason why every MVP voter shouldn’t have KD penciled in as their No. 1 choice this year.

A quick look at Durant’s numbers from this season tell you all that you need to know. He’s currently averaging about 32 points and almost 6 assists per game, which are both career highs. He’s also averaging 7.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals and shooting more than 50 percent from the field. And despite the fact that Durant’s teammate Russell Westbrook has spent a lot of the season on the sidelines, the Oklahoma City Thunder still look like the team to beat in the Western Conference, which is easily the better NBA conference this season. So KD deserves the MVP award this year, no doubt about it. And even LeBron seems to know it.

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