Kevin Durant is certainly in everyone's top 10 NBA stara, but has he been as good as he could in recent months? Sure, he has received many awards in the season and it is still early, but there is always room for improvement.
Durant was the player of the week at the back end of November, while also announced as the player of the month in January 2013, alongside Paul George.
Durant has put up tremendous numbers since the start of the season and leads the league in points per game with 29.0 PPG. His rebounding and assist numbers have gone up too, putting down down 8.4 Rebounds a game and recording five assists per match
All of these numbers are above his career averages.
Impressive numbers may lead you to believe Durant is on the verge of a career-defining campaign, but one important facet of his game has actually decreased.
His percentage from the charity stripe, the promise land and the field have all gone down. His field goal percentage is 47%, a 4% drop on last season. His free throw percentage has dropped 90% to 87% and his three pointer dropped from 41% to 37%.
His numbers aren't horrific or bad in any way but for Kevin Durant, they are below average. KD has an amazing shot and an impressive stature at 6'9'', making him that much more dynamic.
The season prior, KD was able to drop 50-40-90, this has only been done by KD and 5 other players. With the likes of Steve Nash, Reggie Miller and Dirk Nowitzki. A 50-40-90 season is a player who can drop 50% from the field, 40% from behind the arch and 90% from the charity stripe.
It is still early in the season, and for KD it should be easy to improve his percentages. He has a great shooting stroke and performs unbelievably in clutch situations.
Durant has led OKC to a great start to the season, winning 17 of their first 21 games. A great win percentage, but only good enough to place them 3rd in the tough western conference.
They are tied for equal 2nd with the Spurs but are a game away from the red hot Trail Blazers. Earlier this month the Thunder took on the Trail Blazers and came out with a loss which Durant blamed himself on.
He said he fell asleep on defence late in the game and allowed Nicholas Batum to get open and hit a clutch shot. Durant showed leadership by taking the blame but he needs to be aware on field and make sure he can defend in the clutch. That's if he genuinely wants to be considered MVP.
Durant has been the best player in the west so far this season and arguably the best player in the league.
He is well on his way to his first MVP crown,but knowing all the tremendous talent in the NBA, there is every chance that crown could still be stolen away.
As a matter of fact, LaMarcus Aldrige was showered with MVP chants in Utah.
Durant will stay high up in the MVP race, but lets not forget, 'King James' is still in the league and Lebron is looking to win his 5th MVP.
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