The Door Is Officially Still Open on Kevin Durant’s MVP Repeat Bid

January 13th, 2015 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

Between Anthony Davis going supernova, Stephen Curry starring for the NBA's best team and injuries that have cost him nearly a third of the season, you might think Kevin Durant's chance to repeat as MVP is long gone.

Not exactly. But it is a long shot.

Real long, actually. Still, it'd be unwise to rule out a guy like Durant, who obsesses over hierarchies, defining himself by where he's ranked on lists real and imagined.

Two years ago, he offered up the quintessential explanation of his mindset to Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated, via Ben Golliver: "I’ve been second my whole life. I was the second-best player in high school. I was the second pick in the draft. I’ve been second in the MVP voting three times. I came in second in the Finals. I’m tired of being second. I’m not going to settle for that. I’m done with it."

Durant climbed the MVP mountain last season, overtaking LeBron James and, at least in one sense, getting himself out of second place. Don't expect him to relinquish primacy without a fight.

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