Kevin Durant: Why the Oklahoma City Thunder Star Is Not the NBA MVP

March 12th, 2010 by Christopher Graham Leave a reply »
There is an insufferable habit among followers of the NBA to eschew logic in favor of the sexy story.

Nowhere is this more prevalent than the MVP hype machine.

Regardless of how painfully obvious it is that one player has run amok in the league and separated himself from his peers, we insist on pretending that the award is being contested.

Which brings us to the present situation, where people are actually defending the notion that Kevin Durant might be the MVP instead of LeBron James.

This idea is indefensible in every way, shape, and form. James has won NBA Player of the Month every month this season. No one has ever won the award every month of a season. He has carried his team to the best record in the NBA. Then there is the matter of statistical comparison.

LeBron: 30 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 8.5 APG, 1.7 SPG, 1.0 BPG, 50/35/78 percentages, 3.5 TO.

Durant: 29.6 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.3 SPG, 1.0 BPG, 48/38/88 percentages, 3.5 TO.

Durant is a marginally better free throw shooter (plus-1.0 point per game) and three-point shooter (plus-0.5 points per game). LeBron creates more turnovers (plus-0.5 points per ...

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