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Report: Kevin Durant to be named league MVP

May 3, 2014, 10:29 PM EST

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Kevin Durant will be named the NBA’s MVP this week, according to a report from ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.

The news comes as little surprise, as Durant was widely expected to take home the award, particularly after a transcendent stretch where he averaged close to 36 points per game during the month of January, and recorded an historic streak of scoring at least 25 points per game in 41 straight contests.

The report was published in advance of Game 7 against the Grizzlies, and while the Thunder were favored heavily, there was of course a chance that there could be an awkward award presentation should the Grizzlies find a way to pull the upset.

It had been widely anticipated throughout the league that Durant would earn the award for the first time in his career. The most likely scenario is a Monday or Tuesday news conference and a pregame ceremony Tuesday or Wednesday right before Game 1 of the second round of the Western Conference playoffs, provided that Durant’s Thunder win their Game 7 at home Saturday night against the Memphis Grizzlies.

If the Thunder lose, chances are fans will have to wait a bit for the most uncomfortable MVP news conference since Dirk Nowitzki‘s in 2007. He was given the award after the Dallas Mavericks, who went 67-15 that season, were bounced in the first round by the Golden State Warriors.

Durant’s accomplishments this season, along with at least a small amount of voter fatigue where LeBron James was concerned, made this award a relatively easy decision.

Durant becomes the first player since Allen Iverson in 2001 to win both the scoring title and the league MVP in the same season. Durant led the league in scoring with an average of 32 points per game, and did so by a wide margin — Carmelo Anthony was second on that list, finishing with an average of 27.4 points per contest.

We all had Durant winning with James finishing second on our nonexistent ballots, and while this announcement was somewhat expected, it’ll be interesting to see who ended up finishing third in the voters’ eyes when the official results are released.

  1. cantonb0und13 - May 3, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Most overrated player.

    • money2long - May 4, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      Yea. That’s why he’s got a girl. He don’t wanna be a playa no mo’

    • prokilla - May 4, 2014 at 1:06 AM

      a troll, and a fake one after all,,SMDH,,,

    • cantonbound13 - May 4, 2014 at 7:18 AM

      Shut up coward & get your own name, loser.

    • kb2408 - May 4, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      @canton…just stop it, everyone in the whole world knows KD is one of the 2 best players in the world and the runaway MVP. And judging by the way OKC looked last night, he might do something that even your man crush LBJ has never done: scoring champ, reg season MVP, Finals MVP & Championship.

      • cantonbound13 - May 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        I agree 100%. Only a loser that steals a perso’s name on here would think different. He’s just a sad bandwagon Heat fan.

    • kb2408 - May 4, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      Ok, now this is getting confusing, are you saying there is another cantonbound13 on this site? What type of dude would steal another dudes username??

      • cantonbound13 - May 4, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        An immature loser with way too much time on their hands.

      • sportsfan18 - May 4, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        kb2408

        haven’t you noticed the different user names?

        one is cantonbound13 and the other one is cantonb0und13…

        been two different ones for a while now and many times they’ve both responded on the same posts…

        gotta KNOW who you’re responding to when you say things on here…

  2. ProBasketballPundit - May 3, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    I hope Durant isn’t the one reporting this news. I heard he isn’t very reliable.

  3. jzone954 - May 3, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Congrats to you KD. Your one heck of a player and even a better person. Your faith in God and relaying it is a breath of fresh air . Congrats sir you deserve it. Go Heat

    • davidly - May 4, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      Nearly every player gives thanks to God in his on-court postgame interview. If that’s a breath of air, it’s not exactly fresh.

  4. greej1938l - May 3, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Go bucks!

  5. Earnest Christian - May 3, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Reblogged this on The OpinioNation | Sports and Pop Culture and commented:
    No surprise here really. While LeBron is arguably the best player in the league as has won the award four of the last five seasons, there is no doubt Kevin Durant has taken that next step. Next on the dockett for Durant’s legacy, winning his first championship.

  6. yesser12 - May 4, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Well deserved, can’t wait to watch the press conference. Hoping this is the 1st of many and he caps this season off with finals mvp.

    • money2long - May 4, 2014 at 3:38 AM

      U jus made anti your enemy

    • pphins4life12 - May 4, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Don’t you have to win the Finals to win Finals Mvp ?

      • sportsfan18 - May 4, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        for all practical purposes yes…

        but when you said “have” to… NO, it isn’t in the rules anywhere that the Finals MVP can’t come from the losing team… so the MVP does not HAVE to come from the winning team…

  7. sdelmonte - May 4, 2014 at 5:10 AM

    So odd that there are always leaks about who is winning the NBA awards. You never hear that in other sports.

    • sportsfan18 - May 4, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      Stern’s girlfriend’s in the head office have loose lips…

    • antistratfordian - May 4, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      It’s always a big deal in the NFL.

      • basketballhooper1 - May 5, 2014 at 7:38 AM

        That’s what she said.

  8. cantonbound13 - May 4, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    Nice to see the NBA rewarding a player that doesn’t cheat. PEDs are ruining sports & glorifying those frauds only makes it worse.

  9. antistratfordian - May 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    He’ll have to mail this one back to LeBron, like Rose did.

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