Predicting the NBA award winners

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant collides with Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker at US...

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant collides with Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker at US Airways Center. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:32 AM ET

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Michael Jordan once could have won MVP 12 straight years. He was that good. LeBron James should be on a run of six straight MVP wins himself right now, but as with Jordan, sometimes voter apathy sets in and other greats gets some love (Charles Barkley and Karl Malone then, Derrick Rose and even Kobe Bryant because voters felt bad that Bryant hadn’t won yet, more recently). This year, that’s not the case. As great as LeBron has been, Kevin Durant has performed even better. And that’s saying a lot, considering James continues to play like a career top-10 player. Durant though, basically played at a super-human level this season. His defence and passing both were markedly improved and he scored like nobody had since Jordan, averaging 31.9 points, 5.5 assists (twice as many as he averaged in his second and third seasons) and kept the Thunder near the league’s victory lead all season, despite often being without Russell Westbrook.


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