At the beginning of the 2009-2019 NBA season, LeBron James led the pack as far as MVP candidates were concerned. He seemed destined to repeat the honor in back-to-back seasons just as Steve Nash, Micheal Jordan, Tim Duncan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Moses Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlin, and Bill Russell had done in their illustrious careers.
But then, a little skinny/tall guy from the Oklahoma Thunder began what is now being considered one of the most incredible scoring streaks by a third-year player in all of NBA history.
Enter: Kevin Durant
Durant has accomplished something that no other active NBA has done, including King James. With a 32-point performance in last night’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Durant has amassed a 28 game-streak of at least 25 points or more.
According to ESPN, Durant’s current streak is the longest since Jordan had 40 straight games of 25 or more points in the 1986-87 season.
You may argue that individual performance is only part of the MVP equation, and I agree. But considering the fact that the Thunder wouldn’t even be in playoff contention were it not for Durant and his consistent play, I’d say that he’s a perfect MVP candidate.
In fact, Kevin Durant is my overall 2009-2010 MVP pick.
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