NBA Playoffs 2012: Kevin Durant Is Now Favorite for Finals MVP

Patrick BrittonAnalyst IJune 4, 2012

SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 04:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on against the San Antonio Spurs in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on June 4, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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After taking over Game 4 and following it tonight with another masterful performance, Kevin Durant has to be considered the favorite to win the Finals MVP.

Durant has all of a sudden looked unstoppable, and the Spurs don’t have an answer for him. In Game 4, KD scored 36 points on 13-for-20 shooting, dominating the fourth quarter by scoring 18 points and tying the series at two games apiece.

He continued his great play in Game 5, putting up 27 points on just 19 shots. Even more amazing, he has missed just two free throws all series. Durant hasn’t just been getting his points early, he has shown he is one of the most clutch players in the league.

It is ridiculous what Durant has become at just 23 years of age. Many people would consider him the best scorer in the league, after winning the scoring title the last three seasons, but now he could be considered the league’s best player.

Despite not having a pass-first guard to get him the ball, Durant always finds a way to dominate. With his long frame and high-arcing shot, it’s almost impossible for him to be blocked on offense.

Durant isn’t just scoring, he has become an all-around player. He distributes the ball well and rebounds the ball very well for a small forward. This series, he has even been getting key boards over the much bigger Tim Duncan.

Although anything could happen between now and the conclusion of the NBA playoffs, Durant has shown he has what it takes to lead a team to a title.