Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant told The Oklahoman that he thinks LeBron James of the Miami Heat deserves the league’s Most Valuable Player award this season.
“He deserves all the love (for MVP),” Durant said. “He’s playing phenomenal basketball. I’m just trying to get better every single game and trying to help my team as much as I can. I’m just blessed to be in that conversation.”
Durant’s comments came after a double overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in which the Thunder had blown an 18 point lead. Durant had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but missed a last second three point attempt.
The fifth year star is averaging 27.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, which has helped lead Oklahoma City to the second best record in the Western Conference (46-18). He currently is tied as the league leader in scoring with Kobe Bryant.
James, who is averaging 27.2 points per contest, currently ranks third in scoring. He is also averaging 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game.