Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has been named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the 2013-2014 season.
Out of a possible 125 ballots, the seven-year stud received all but six votes to end LeBron James’ MVP reign of four titles in the previous five campaigns, which includes the prior two MVP awards.
A month ago Commentary Box Sports expressed why Durant deserves the award; thus far Durant’s year has been truly exceptional. He finished the regular season averaging a career-high 32 points (the NBA’s leading scorer), 7.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.3 steals – all while having a field goal percentage of 50.3 (39.1 percent from downtown).
KD’s remarkable play aided his Oklahoma City Thunder to a 59-23 regular season record (second best in the entire league). What makes that feat so impressive is that Durant achieved this while three-time All Star Russell Westbrook had a healthy stint on the sidelines. Before Westbrook went down Durant was already in full-throttle; well, we thought he was.
Kevin went into stud-mode at the start of January, tallying up a mind-blowing streak where he scored 25 or more points in 41 consecutive games – climbing to third in the all-time rankings for such a streak, and first above Michael Jordan in the three-point era.
Along with this milestone Durant had a career-high 54 points against the Warriors, a flashy 51 points in Toronto, a 48-point night versus the Timberwolves, a 46-point outing to down Portland on the road, and an epic duel against LeBron in Miami where he scored 33 points and got a win.
Absurd, I know. Scary element is that most of these stud-mode games occurred in January – and a ridiculous number of them feature a game winning run or a match-stealing bucket.
Durant has been the definition of consistency for his Thunder team this year, and the humble scoring-fiend thoroughly deserves the MVP award. KD’s fourth scoring title put him equal third with Allen Iverson and George Gervin on the all-time list – with Wilt Chamberlain’s 7 and MJ’s 10 ahead of him. On top of that, according to the NBA.com/Stats twitter account, KD also became just the fourth player in history to average at least 32.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists for an entire season (again the other two are MJ and Wilt).
When you ever get mentioned in the same sentence as MJ or Wilt, good or bad, you’re doing pretty well – actually that’s bloody impressive. (You just raised your eyebrows, turned your mouth down, and began nodding your head slowly, didn’t you?)
On top of these incredible achievements for a single season, the most notable component of Durant’s makeup is his humble personality.
Athletes across all sports could learn a thing or two from Durant’s amiable and modest nature.
MVP Voting (Top 10)
- Kevin Durant: 1232 votes
- LeBron James: 891
- Blake Griffin: 434
- Joakim Noah: 322
- James Harden: 86
- Stephen Curry: 66
- Chris Paul: 45
- Al Jefferson: 34
- Paul George: 33
- LaMarcus Aldridge: 26
Follow Commentary Box Sports on Social Media!