Stats: 38.1 mpg, 31.2 ppg (51.2% FG, 41.9% 3P, 88% FT), 7.6 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.4 spg, 0.9 bpg, 3.5 TOpg, 31.1 PER
Kevin Durant has been so good that he doesn’t even get a grade. He’s wrecking the grade curve for everybody else, so instead let’s just give him the NBA MVP trophy.
Take a trip down memory lane to last season’s playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies when Durant struggled to carry the entire load without Russell Westbrook.
There are no such concerns this season. Westbrook has only played 25 games, and Durant has his team functioning at peak efficiency like a well-oiled machine.
He’s getting it done at both ends of the floor—even taking the challenge of guarding superstars like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony for long stretches of recent games.
And then…there’s his scoring.
He leads in the league in putting the ball through the hoop, averaging 4.1 points more than second-place Carmelo Anthony. And while LeBron may be envious of his shot attempts, Durant has displayed freakish efficiency.
He ranks 22nd in field-goal percentage, 13th in three-point percentage and sixth in free-throw percentage (which is even more impressive when you learn that he leads the league in free-throw attempts per game) while straying tantalizingly close to a repeat 50-40-90 season.
“The Slim Reaper” leads the league in PER (with a comfortable 2.5-point advantage over LeBron) with a rating (31.13) that would go down as the 10th-best single-season PER of all-time according to Basketball-Reference.com.
The only men with better seasons? Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and LeBron James. That’s how good Durant has been.
In the words of Kenny Smith: “Let’s go home, ladies and gentlemen!” This MVP race is already over.