For the first time in four seasons, the NBA will find itself a new NBA scoring Champion; with the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony set to take the crown from Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant.

Durant, who is the three-time defending scoring champion in the NBA, announced he would be sitting out Wednesday night’s regular-season finale against the Milwaukee Bucks, in order to get refreshed for the highly anticipated playoffs.

On Wednesday morning, Durant posted an image on his Instagram account which stated he will not be played, and even if he did, the scoring title would have been a long shot. Kevin Durant would have needed 70 points to overtake Carmelo, and his career high is 52.

Earlier, Thunder coach Scott Brooks told The Daily Oklahoman: “He has no shot. I guarantee you he won’t get it”; in reference to Durant playing limited minutes heading into playoff season.

“If he really was focused on trying to get it four years in a row, he could have got it easily”, Brooks said - calling Durant a team player who cares more about winning NBA Championships rather than scoring titles.

Kevin Durant has averaged 28.1 points this season, compared to Carmelo Anthony’s 28.7 which includes Durant having played in 14 more games than Carmelo, as injuries have limited Anthony’s playing time this season.

With that being said, every NBA fan can expect Kevin Durant to be battling for the regular-season NBA scoring title next season as he continues to improve. 

But first are the playoffs, where Kevin Durant will be looking to capture his maiden NBA Championship, along with many honours alongside the coveted Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy as the NBA Finals draw ever closer.

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