Kevin Durant is enjoying quite a season indeed for the Oklahoma City Thunder and, at present, is the overwhelming favourite with bookmakers to be named the NBA’s most valuable player for the regular season.
The 25-year-old forward has been in stunning form for his franchise, registering seven performances where he has scored in excess of 40 points and one stunning display during which he sunk 54 points against Golden State Warriors.
Durant, somewhat unsurprisingly, leads the way in the league in terms of points-per-game, with his average the only over 30 over any NBA player. The Olympic gold medal winner as a 31.5 PPG, while nearest competitions Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James are on 27.3 and 26.5 respectively.
So exceptional has Durant’s scoring been in 2013-14 that he has set an eight-year high in the NBA, with his PPG at the All-Star game break the highest there has been since Kobe Bryant in 2006.
Bryant’s PPG at this stage eight years ago was 35, and was significantly helped by the 81 points he scored against Toronto Raptors - the second highest individual haul in the history of the NBA.