Why Kevin Durant is the 2010 NBA MVP, Period

Christopher DiCarlo@OfficialCJGatzContributor IIMarch 8, 2010

CHICAGO - JANUARY 04: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives around John Salmons #15 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on January 4, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. 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 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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LeBron looks like the favorite to win the 2010 NBA MVP, but he doesn't deserve it as much as Kevin Durant.

Durant is averaging 29.6 points per game in the 2010 season, and has 7.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He is also a pretty good defender, and a very good all-around player.

Durant had a nice streak going; he scored at least 25 points in 29 straight games. That is just amazing for such a young player in the NBA.

Not to take away from LeBron James, I just think Durant is more deserving of the title.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are looked at as the joke of the National Basketball Association, and Durant has turned them around this season. Without Durant, this team would still be looked at as an automatic win for opponents.

Now the Thunder are looking at a spot in the playoffs so far, sitting at No. 6 in the Western Conference. Not a lot of people expected them to go over .500, never mind make the playoffs.

Oklahoma City has a shocking record of 38 wins and 24 losses, thanks in large part to Kevin Durant, who is the glue to the franchise.

Their record is better than teams that were expected to be "good" in 2010, such as the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers, and New Orleans Hornets.

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I'm not even a Thunder fan, but I catch myself rooting for the underdog to shock the world.

You can compare LeBron to Durant all day, but one thing will stick out between the two that can't be matched.

Look at where the Cavaliers were last year, and where they are now, they are very similar seasons. Now look at where the Thunder were last year, in the gutter, and where they are now, a playoff contender.

That is what separates Durant from LeBron, and you can't deny that is a big game changer.

I'm coming out and saying that Kevin Durant outshines LeBron James this season, mostly for those of you who are afraid to admit that LeBron isn't the greatest thing to walk the earth.

LeBron is merely the favorite to win the award basically because, well, he's LeBron James.

But, Kevin Durant is the man of the future, as LeBron was not too long ago. If Durant doesn't win the MVP, I will be thoroughly disappointed in the NBA.


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