The question of "Will Kevin Durant ever win a NBA MVP award?" has officially been changed to "When will Kevin Durant win his first NBA MVP?"
Especially after his magical performance against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.
Durant has developed into the anti-LeBron James. Like James at one point, Durant plays in a small market. Unlike James, and most of the other elite NBA players, Durant isn't leaving his city anytime soon. Along with his running mate Russell Westbrook, Durant is determined to win a title in Oklahoma City.
Durant is arguably the best young star in the NBA. He may not have a MVP trophy like Derrick Rose, but Durant has led his team just as far in the playoffs (conference finals) and has won two scoring titles.
Rose won the MVP award last season because the Bulls finished with the best record in the NBA, he was the best player on the team and he doesn't have another superstar teammate. Like James of Miami, Durant has the pleasure of having a highly skilled teammate in Westbrook. That hurt his case for winning the MVP award last season.
That doesn't matter as much this season. With the lockout shortened season, this year it's all about resiliency and surviving. If you can survive the entire season, lead your team to a high seed in the playoffs and continue to put up numbers, you'll have a good case for winning the MVP award.
It sounds easy. But it's not. Staying healthy for the entire year in this NBA season is extremely tough to do. Just ask Rose. Or Dwayne Wade.
Durant has been an ironman so far, and if he can keep up his current pace of production, he's got a good shot to win the MVP award.
Here are three reasons why Durant will win this seasons' MVP award: