The season isn't over yet but we believe the MVP race could be and the winner is... Kevin Durant.
Obviously the award hasn't been given out and most believe that the titanic battle between the leagues best two players Kevin Durant and LeBron James continues, although it seems a formality until the 'Slim Reaper' is crowned the Most Valuable Player for the first time in his career.
The four-time MVP and reigning champion James was the pre-season favourite to lift the trophy once more this season and if he were to do so he would join the company of Bill Russell and Michael Jordan as players who had won MVP title five times.
Durant on the other hand has been on an absolute tear recently, he passed Michael Jordan's 40-point game streak and once again leads the NBA in scoring which is no surprise to anyone.
Durant has finished 2nd in MVP voting in the last two seasons, but this year may be different as he is the front runner for the award.
If local buzz is anything to believe, the race is actually over. The significant moment for Durant this season was probably the injury to his teammate Westbrook, it gave him free rein to control the Thunder's game flow and score the basketball at an astronomical rate.
Durant played with a fire and an intensity that had yet been seen from the 25-year-old, he became angry and dare I say it, had that Jordan-esque killer instinct about him.
From this point in the season Durant began to sprint away from James, although Miami's star made a valiant effort to not only drag his Heat team to the number one seed in the East but to cement himself as the best player in the world, but he couldn't catch Durant.
As things stand at the moment, many believe that the OKC star has done enough to win his first Most Valuable Player, in a recent ESPN forecast panel, 93% thought it was likely that Durant would win the award and thats about as close to a lock as you can get.
One thing that is important to remember is that MVP does not signal the best player in the world, because most would concede that LeBron remains the number one basketball force in todays game but its the impact of a player to his team and also the season he is having.
It has almost become safe to predict that this race is over and it must only be a matter of time before Durant is crowned the MVP and he can hear enough of the 'always second' chants that have surrounded his career thus far.
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