Kevin Durant: Most Valuable Player?

Gabriel BlancoContributor IFebruary 7, 2010

ATLANTA - JANUARY 18:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on January 18, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Next weekend in Dallas, Kevin Durant will make his first all star appearance of his 3 year career. At age 21, he is putting up some incredible stats: 29.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 88% ftp, 48.5% fgp, and 1.4 spg.

Meanwhile, he is leading the Oklahoma City Thunder into the playoffs. Last year at this point, the Thunder were 13-38 and were about to enter a seven game losing streak. This year, the Thunder are 29-21, with many narrow losses, and currently hold the 7th spot in the Western Conference. While Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green have been factors in their unexpected success, Durant has been the biggest contributer.

In fact, Durant has been so good, some would argue he deserves the MVP award. He is currently in a battle for the scoring title, tied for second with Carmelo Anthony, and .1 ppg behind Lebron James. Durant has scored more than 25 points in his last 24 games, becoming the youngest player to do so, and has only been held under 25 points 5 times this season (In comparison, Lebron has been held 12 times and Melo has been held 10 times).

Possibly the scariest thought is his age, at 21 he has more than 10 good years left to put up scary stats like he has done already. I bet the Portland Trail Blazers wish they could have their lottery pick from 2007 back! Imagine a roster with Roy, Aldridge, and Durant!

While there are plenty of deserving candidates (Lebron, Kobe, Dirk, Nash, Wade, Howard), Durant gets my vote for MVP for making the OKC Thunder one of the most exciting teams in the NBA.