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LeBron James would join some elite company if he were to win his fifth MVP this season. Bill Russell, Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only players in NBA history to take home the Maurice Podoloff Trophy that many times.
But unfortunately for LeBron, Kevin Durant appears likely to stand in his way.
Durant is putting together one of the most impressive offensive seasons in recent history, averaging 31.5 points on 51.0 percent shooting from the field and 41.0 percent shooting from three with a 30.99 PER.
Team success plays a big factor in voting, and right now Durant has his Thunder in first place in the Western Conference, despite Russell Westbrook being absent for much of the year.
Lastly, Durant is new blood. Voters are likely tired of choosing James for MVP every year and, in turn, will be swayed to KD.
LeBron's obviously having a remarkable season himself (26.8-7.1-6.5 averages), and the race is far from over, but this appears to be Durant's year.