Blueprint for Kevin Durant to Steal LeBron James' MVP Throne in 2013-14

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Blueprint for Kevin Durant to Steal LeBron James' MVP Throne in 2013-14
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Kevin Durant faces an uphill battle if he hopes to wrest the 2014 MVP award away from LeBron James.

If anyone can dethrone LeBron James as the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 2013-14, it's Kevin Durant.

The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar has finished second to LeBron in the MVP voting three of the past four seasons. Suffice it to say, he's not thrilled about that.

"I've been second my whole life," Durant told Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins in April. "I was the second-best player in high school. I was the second pick in the draft. I've been second in the MVP voting three times. I came second in the Finals. I'm tired of being second. I'm not going to settle for that. I'm done with it."

Taking the MVP from King James won't be easy. He's led the league in player efficiency rating, win shares per 48 minutes and total win shares every season since 2008-09.

Coming off back-to-back championships, LeBron will enter the 2013-14 season as the presumptive MVP favorite for the third straight year.

Here's how Durant can stop LeBron and win his first MVP award.

 

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all statistics come from Basketball-Reference

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