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I mentioned this earlier, but I truly believe that Oklahoma City is a likely candidate for the one seed in the Western Conference.
Durant will be the key to OKC's success this season. The Thunder will go as far as Durant takes them.
The two-time scoring champion is now one of the league's most recognizable stars. If he leads the Thunder to the league's best record, Durant will be regarded as the league's most valuable player.
Durant acts as a father figure for one of the league's youngest teams. He will oversee it's rise atop the Western Conference.
There's no reason why Durant can't repeat as scoring champion. Although his defense still needs work, Durant's pure scoring ability will be too much to ignore.
Because he's paired with two stars, LeBron will never garner enough support to win the coveted award. Derrick Rose is a legitimate candidate, but I don't expect him to replicate his numbers from last season.
Of course, someone like Dwight Howard or even Blake Griffin could very well be in the running. But Durant's supreme talent is undeniable.
He's been recognized as the league's best scorer for the last two seasons. This is the year where he's recognized as being the league's most valuable player as well.