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Last offseason, Kevin Durant emerged as one of the favorites to win the Most Valuable Player award. He remains that this year, and he is my choice for 2012.
He lead the league in scoring for the second straight season last year, was fifth in MVP voting, and made the All-NBA first team.
That momentum has been continuing during the summer, as he has been scorching summer leagues across the country and putting up ridiculous scoring digits in those outings.
Last year, he took his experience from the six-game series against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010 round, as well as the World Championships and turned it into a great season.
This season, he'll probably turn the three playoff rounds of experience from 2011 and the summer league games, into an even better season.
Just enough to elevate the Oklahoma City Thunder to greater regular season success and snag MVP honors along the way.