NBA MVP Race: Kevin Durant Is Truely The Most Valuable

Casey Womack@caseywomackCorrespondent IFebruary 16, 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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I really don't need to say much. If you've watched any ESPN, NBA Network, or any Thunder basketball game, you can read the headline and agree. 

Nobody is truly more valuable to their team than Kevin Durant.  Absolutely nobody. 

So why is he only third in most sites ranking for the MVP race? I'd love to know the answer. 

Sure, LeBron is having another "LeBron" year.  But he has a great cast around him that can shoot the ball well and win games if and when LeBron ever gets hurt.

The Thunder's offense is basically set up for Kevin Durant.  Their second and third top scorers combined don't equal Durant's PPG.  You read that right.

Russell Westbrook runs the offense in way of trying to get players attention by driving to the basket to get Durant any kind of space at all.

Over his 25 game streak with 25 points or more, the Thunder are 17-8.  If he does well, the Thunder have a great shot at winning the game.  If not, might as well pack the bags and head out the door.  It's not a pretty game.

Kobe Bryant shouldn't be in the top three anymore, as the Lakers have recently shown they can play and win without the Black Mamba.

So why are websites scared to toss the Durantula in the top two? Are they worried that because OKC is a smaller market that they'll get a lot of heat from the Chicagos, New Yorks, and Los Angeles of the league?

The award is called the MOST VALUABLE player award.  Not the most popular award.  Even though, after All-Star weekend I'd argue that Durant's popularity is sky rocketing.  Absolutely nobody got more attention over the weekend.  Not even Dirk, and it was in his team's town.

I know a lot of Cavs fans might read this and completely disagree.  Before you comment and go on a long rant on how I am a complete idiot, let me explain.  In my opinion, LeBron is the best player in the world.  This season I believe he has taken the reigns from Kobe and holds that crown.

But he's not the most valuable. 

If you took LeBron off the Cavs, and the Durantula off the Thunder, who would end up with the worse record?  Exactly.