Five Reasons Why Kevin Durant Deserves to Be In The MVP Discussion

Casey Womack@caseywomackCorrespondent IJanuary 23, 2010

CHICAGO - JANUARY 04: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks into the stands during a time-out against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on January 4, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Thunder defeated the Bulls 98-85. 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 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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As the middle of the season comes to close, there are a lot of familiar faces that are on a lot of people's midseason award watch. 

Of course you have Kobe, LeBron, D-Wade, and every other no-brainer in the league.  They're at the top of the list for MVP and deservedly so. 

But what about the others that nobody is bringing into discussion? Isn't the Thunder doing tremendous so far this season thanks to Kevin Durant?

He is clearly the most improved player this season on account of improving every angle of his game.  And if you ask anyone who has tried to defend KD this season, it has shown.

Although, go to mostly any major sports website on the Internet and you won't find KD in the top five. 

And it's mostly because the MVP race has turned into a popularity contest.  Sound familiar (Cough )?

Just like the headline says, Kevin Durant deserves to be in the MVP discussion.  So much so, that I'm going to give you five main reasons why.

1. Consistency

You want consistency? Heck, he just broke "The King's" record for 17 games with 25 or more points under the age of 22.  He has scored more 30 point games all year and is averaging just under that for the year.

Kevin Ollie was quoted last week saying Kevin Durant is the most prepared player he has ever seen in his many years of playing. 

Ollie has been on just about every team in the league.  I'd say he's seen his fair share of player's work ethic.

2. Oklahoma City's Success

It's clear that the Thunder would not be in playoff contention in just their second year if it were not for No. 35.  He goes and competes every single night and puts the Thunder in position to win the ball game.

He is the sole reason why the Thunder is actually respected this year.  He is the face of Oklahoma City and the more he grows, so will the city.

3. He makes his teammates better

Every game, he is double or triple teamed and does not force absolutely anything.  With the attention that he brings to himself, it has caused players like Russell Westbrook and James Harden to have a great season by having easy buckets. 

He pushes every player by example.  He comes in an hour before practice and stays two hours after practice everyday.  The rest of the team has picked up on the habit has resulted in the team being a threat to anyone in the league.

4. KD speaks softly and carries a big stick.

You will never hear KD boasting about his skills.  Durant was on a radio show yesterday when the host asked him how he felt about being on the cover of SI and ESPN magazines. 

"I gotta stay humble," is how he replied.  "At any given time, everything can be taken away."

The most hyped KD has got this season was against the Lakers when he leaped in the air did a couple of fist pumps when his TEAM MATE Russell Westbrook dunked off a sweet assist from James Harden.

5. He is truely VALUABLE.

If KD were not in the line up, the chance of winning for the Thunder drastically drops.  Kobe has a star studded line up around him.  Take him out and their chances does not drop near as much. 

He does more things for the team than the media sees.  He helps everyone he possibly can whether it's in the practice facility or in a hotel room.

Thunder GM Sam Presti has said many times that nobody in the league is more valuable to their team more than Kevin Durant.  His humbleness and his willingness to help is unmatched.