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May 17, 2014

NBA Rumors: LeBron James thinks he deserved MVP over Kevin Durant?


By on 9:32 PM

Kevin Durant, small forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder, accepted the NBA’s KIA MVP award last Tuesday. While most people expected and wanted Durant to take the title, LeBron James seems a little sour that he didn’t win the title… for the fifth year in a row.


Comparing KD and James in their basketball performance this year will more than likely start a huge debate between NBA fans from all around. What’s the point, really? Both come from two different conferences, two different backgrounds and two different playing styles. But the point is simple – Durant won the title for a reason. And just because LeBron has won the last 4, doesn’t mean he deserved to win this one; regardless of what he says.
By Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons
Following the Miami Heat’s win to the Brooklyn Nets, LeBron sat in for a postgame press conference, where he immediately addressed his opinion on Durant’s new title. Ethan Skolnick, writer for the Heat, live tweeted his comments:


Now of course, no one but LeBron knows the sincerity behind that statement, but there has been lots of speculation about previous comments that James has made about the possibility of Durant winning MVP.  While those comments have never been confirmed, it’s safe to say that the little green monster we all know as jealousy may have crept up onto LeBron’s shoulder.

So let’s take a little look, shall we, at why Durant won the MVP over James, with a side-by-side comparison of the two:


Avg
Stat
Avg

29.3
Efficiency recap
31.8

27.1
Points
32.0

6.9
Rebounds
7.4

6.3
Assists
5.5

3.5
Turnovers
3.5

10.0
Field-goals Made
10.5

17.6
Field-goals Attempts
20.8

.567
Field-goals Percentage
.503

1.5
3-point Made
2.4

.379
3-point Percentage
.391

5.7
Free-throws Made
8.7

7.6
Free-throws Attempts
9.9

.750
Free-throws Percentage
.873




Yes, James has been considered one of the best players in NBA history. But that doesn’t mean Durant isn’t ranked up there with him. Numbers don’t lie. And while LeBron is a strong player, this year, Durant has been stronger. And that is why KD is the MVP. Because he deserved it.

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