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Anthony Davis is a major dark horse for 2015 NBA MVP

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Well it finally happened, the Kevin Durant finally managed to surpass LeBron James and dethrone him as NBA’s Most Valuable Players after years of coming second. And to be honest, it was no brainer.

Durant displayed just how complete his game now is by pouring in a career high 32 points per game to clinch yet another NBA scoring title. That’s in addition to snatching 7.4 rebounds per game and a career high average in assists with 5.5. Plus he also shot 50%t overall for only the second time in his career.

And now because he’s had a taste of what it’s like at the top, the Kevin Durant we have come to know and love (or hate) will no doubt do everything in his power to keep hold of his title and add more Maurice Podoloff trophies to his collection.

However it won’t be easy. LeBron will be coming all guns blazing in order to reclaim his title. Although, having said that, there are a few other dark horse candidates who could creep into the conversation.

Blake Griffin

Considering that the fact that he finished third third in last year’s MVP Race, Blake Griffin isn’t really much of a dark horse. But still, he the competition is predominantly seen as a race between Durant and James, so by that definition, he qualifies. 

And if last season’s numbers are anything to go by, he could make a lot of noise in the forthcoming race.

Blake scored a career-high 24 points per games as he continues to expand his offensive repertoire, which now includes a reliable mid-range jumper. Should he find a way to further extended that range all the way to 3 point line, I think it’s be safe to say he would be unstoppable.

Especially since he can soar up above to dunk on folks, in addition to possessing impressive handling and passing ability for a big man.

He is also a great rebounder, as illustrated by his 10 boards per game career average. Although his defense could use a bit of work

Anthony Davis

After winning the MVP award, Kevin Durant supposedly sent Davis a text which read: “You on your way to get it.”

And if he keep ups last year’s numbers, we can hardly argue against K.D.

Davis' stat line included 21 points, 10 rebounds, 2.8 blocks, 1.3 steal per game, along with a 52% conversation rate from the field, during his sophomore campaign.The most incredible thing though is how quickly those numbers sky rocketed upwards, particularly the scoring. He was averaging 13 points as rookie then all of a sudden there was a seven point jump as a second year.

It will be very intriguing (and possibly quite scary) to see how quickly he makes his next major jump. Who knows he may end up being a 25 points, 12 boards kind of player next season. 

Then the only thing missing would be a much biggest and stronger frame to be able to fight against the bigger, more physical forwards and centers. 

Damian Lillard

Lillard in on this list unlike the likes of Kyrie Irving or Russell Westbrook etc because he is on a team that doesn’t quite clearly have a distinguishable No. 1 option. LaMarcus Aldridge gets a chance to play hero and so does Lillard.

In fact, the third year point guard was one of the most clutch players last season, hitting six-of-eight shots when the difference was 3 points or so. Plus he hit 11 of 12 free throws in such situations, and of course there is always this.

Furthermore, “Dame” (as he is known to his Team USA Buddies) averaged 20 points per game last year. Although he does have to up his assists, 5.5 per game for a point guards isn’t good enough to be in the MVP chatter.

Derrick Rose

Considering how much players and coaches alike have been ranting and raving about him during the Team USA training camp, it would feel a little wrong to exclude him from this list.

By all accounts, he is back and even better than he was before. Bear in mind, the Chicago Bulls star was already pretty darn good.

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Blake Griffin
Derrick Rose
Portland Trail Blazers
Kevin Durant
New Orleans Hornets
NBA
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