For the past few years, some guy from Akron, Ohio was the easy choice for the MVP, scoring title, and any other accolade you could possibly think of.
Either way, that ship has sailed. The man who calls himself "The King" basically put his hometown on its knees and held it hostage for approximately 17 minutes on national television before he announced that he was leaving for Miami.
Because he's joining forces with two other MVP candidates, it's unlikely that LeBron James or his two other superstar teammates will stand out individually as they did before.
Now, Kevin Durant is in short, the "Anti-LeBron." A lot of people in the media have fallen in love with Durant's way of handling business as opposed to LeBron's.
If Kevin Durant has even close to a year comparable to last year's, he will win the MVP award out of the love that he's received from this whole LeBron madness.
Although, just in case the love from the media isn't enough, there's still a few reasons why he'll not only win the MVP award, but also win the scoring title again.
Check them out!
LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade are all players who love to score. Not only do they love to score, but they love to have the ball in their hands.
In fact, LeBron James had the ball in his hands in almost every halfcourt possession in Cleveland last year. I haven't done the statistics, but I'm willing to bet that Chris Bosh and D-Wade's possession percentages were right up there with him.
All three of those guys are one-player teams. They could nearly score 25 points any game they wanted.
The problem is there is only one ball on the court. They will all have to sacrifice their own statistics to reach their ultimate goal of winning championships.
However, if they really wanted to sacrifice themselves and win multiple championships, they would have accepted even less money to bring in solid role players, but that's a different story for another day.
Because the star power on the Miami roster is so large, it's hard to imagine one player on the team putting up numbers like they normally do every night.
This reason is pretty simple and doesn't take an ESPN expert analyst to figure out. LeBron and D-Wade will both probably average right around 20 points. Chris Bosh will probably average 10 rebounds and around 14 points a game.
Sound like MVP-caliber statistics? Not really.
Kobe Bryant will be a lot of people's choice to win the MVP and scoring title on the West Coast.
Although, as the picture shows, Kobe no longer cares about just himself. He started shooting less and passing more. Because of this, he buried the notion that he couldn't win a title without Shaq.
And because winning championships is clearly more important, his newfound attitude has shied him away from winning the MVP and scoring title recently.
In my opinion, this fella is the biggest challenger to win the MVP besides possibly Dwight Howard.
He has all the right tools to be an elite scorer, passer, rebounder, and defender. I believe he has the highest ceiling out of anybody in the league. However, it just seems that he's not always aggressive.
I remember watching a Nuggets/Bucks game last year, and he looked pretty lazy off the ball. Then he let Brandon Jennings out-jump him for a rebound late in the game.
Was it just a coincidence? A one-time thing? No. Because he did the same thing against the Clippers.
However, when he played the Jazz or Lakers, he was on another level. Which leads me to believe that he doesn't try as hard against weaker opponents.
Kevin Durant, just this summer, has put in three-a-day workouts. He spent his 4th of July weekend in Orlando to watch his teammates in the Summer League, and he even had his dad rebound for him on Father's Day.
Nobody in the league means more to their team than Kevin Durant. Kobe Bryant has Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom, and other notable players.
Without Kobe, the Lakers have proved that they can still go on winning streaks.
LeBron was the most valuable to his team but then he joined a super-team.
Kevin Durant has Oklahoma City on his back and isn't looking to go anywhere for at least another five years.
Out of those five years, I'm calling three MVPs for Durant and two for Kobe. For the scoring title, it's Durant's to win all five years.