The title of "best player in the NBA" rightly goes to LeBron James of the Miami Heat, but Durant is making it harder and harder to put him second.
Some players are talented in a multitude of areas, but the best in the league are able to dominate many areas consistently. As aforesaid, James is a master at taking over games in whichever area the Heat need (whether it's scoring, distributing or defense).
Durant is right there as well, but hasn't been able to do it every night. Yet through December, the All-Star forward got back on track and was everywhere for the Thunder.
Durant put up 28.9 points and 4.6 assists on the offensive end, scoring and distributing with ease despite the return of Russell Westbrook. That isn't to say Westbrook would impact Durant's production, but it's noteworthy to see the scale of Durant's production despite playing alongside another All-Star player.
Defensively, Durant was dominant averaging 1.2 blocks and 1.8 steals. He also pulled down 8.7 rebounds (8.1 defensive boards) per game, all the while committing just 2.3 fouls in 36.8 minutes.
In doing so, Durant has pushed Oklahoma City to the top of the league standings. The Thunder's 25-5 record (14-1 at home) is mere percentage points ahead of the Indiana Pacers, but the team has a pretty secure lock atop the Western Conference.
The credit can't be given to anyone except Durant, with his all-around production becoming a consistent staple for OKC. The Thunder are back as the best team in the West, and it's just a matter of time (or years) before Durant is credited as the best all-around player in the NBA.