LeBron James would appear to be in real danger of relinquishing the title of MVP he has held for the last two seasons, and four of the last five, with Kevin Durant having undoubtedly been the NBA’s in-form player in during 2013-14.
Durant has been scoring for fun this season and his points-per-game average of 31.5 is the highest at the All-Star game break since Kobe Bryant in 2006 - the campaign during which the LA Lakers star scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors.
LeBron is having a less dominant season by his standards but, even completely on top of his game, the Miami Heat forward would have a tough job competing with Durant.
The Oklahoma City Thunder star has been on a heck of a run for his team, with his scoring exceeding 40 points on seven occasions in 2013-14, while he also he sunk 54 points in one game against Golden State Warriors.
Durant’s form has marked him out as the overwhelming favourite to be named MVP for 2014, with the Olympic gold medal winner 12/1 on to earn the accolade for the first time.
LeBron, meanwhile, is way back at 14/5 to make it a hat-trick of MVPs and move level with Bill Russell and Michael Jordan on five career wins.
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