If anyone can dethrone King James as the league's Most Valuable Player, It's 'the Durantula', Kevin Durant. We all know Durant is an offensive beast. He has the deadliest jump shot from anywhere between the rim or 25 feet away, only a couple of others like Stephen Curry and Dirk Nowitzki could challenge him in a shoot around or a game of H.O.R.S.E.
What makes LeBron James the most likely candidate every year to win the MVP award is he is so deadly in every aspect of the game. His offensive game is near perfect and he doesn't lack much on the defensive side either, so for Durant it will be extremely difficult for him to dethrone him and take away that award.
Here's a list of what Durant needs to do just that...
Firstly, and most importantly, he needs to keep expanding his all-around game. He has his shooting down to a tee and can't do much to improve that, but his defensive game needs a bit of effort. However, from the numbers he put up last year, it shows he is already improving.
Durant defended better than James last year allowing 0.80 points per play while James let 0.84 PPP. Durant also needs to improve his numbers in assists per game. Last season, he got his career high in assists with 4.6 assists per game, which, again, shows his improvement.
But improving his assist record by one per game every year is going to make it very difficult for Durant to catch up to a man that could average a triple double per game every year. If Durant wants to keep up with, or even take over, James, then he really needs to average at least six APG.
In saying that, Durant can't drop his shooting either and needs to average over 28.0 points per game. He needs to take the scoring title back from New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. With his shooting stroke and his accuracy, he should be averaging over 28.0 PPG and should have another 50-40-90 season - 50 per cent from the field, 40 per cent from behind the arc and 90 per cent from the charity stripe.
You might well be thinking, how can Durant keep up his 28.0 PPG and get over six APG? Easy, as Durant should be running the Thunder's offence. He has tremendous talent around him with, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, Thabo Sefolosha and many young studs coming off the bench like Jeremy Lamb and Reggie Jackson.
With Durant's height and skill it should be easy for him to get 28.0 PPG, six APG and over seven rebounds per game. If Durant wants to be the MVP, he needs to be the best he can and he should use his team to his advantage, if he can lead the Thunder to a 60+ win season he should be able to take over the reigning MVP and dethrone the king.
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