The NBA’s worst kept secret is out! Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant has officially been named the league’s Most Valuable Player for the first time in his 7-year career.
Second in 2013 and 2013, KD finally won the majority claiming 119 first place votes, a long shot from 2nd placed LeBron James who finished with 6. You can see the full breakdown of the votes HERE. Durant’s season has been impeccable, averaging 32 points, 7.4 rebounds 5.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting over 50.3% from the field and 39% from downtown. He led the NBA in Player Efficiency Rating, win Shares, minutes played, points, field goals, field goal attempts, free throws, free throw attempts and usage rate.
Durant’s acceptance speech was filled with emotion, thanking his teammates individually, ending with Russell Westbrook stating “People think you’re just this emotional player but you’re so much more. You’d run through walls for me, and I love you, man”. He also thanked his ever-supportive mother claiming her to be “the real MVP”. When all was said and done, there were very few dry eyes left in the house as KD was presented as the MVP.
The job however, is far from done with the Thunder falling to the Clippers at home in Game 1 of the Western Conference semi finals yesterday. They’ll face off again tomorrow and attempt to recapture everything that makes the Thunder so watchable, with the MVP leading the charge.