After getting the better of LeBron James in the 4th quarter again, Kevin Durant and the Warriors now have the best record in the NBA (27-7), have surged to the #1 spot in point differential (+9.9), and also have climbed to the top spot in the defensive efficiency rankings. Amazingly, they’ve accomplished this with the best point guard in the NBA, Stephen Curry, nursing an ankle injury. Curry is expected back in a week or so. Fully healthy, the best team in the NBA is back on track to win its 3rd NBA title in four years. Also true: Kevin Durant is building quite the MVP resume, but for the first time in his career, he’s doing it on the defensive end. Durant leads the NBA in blocked shots (67) and is second in blocks per game (2.31). Let’s quickly take a look at how Durant’s MVP year (2013-2014) compares to this year. First, offensive: 2013-2014: 50/39/87 32 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 5.5 apg 2017-2018: 50/37/88 26.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 5.1 apg But Jason, his numbers are worse! Well, he played 38.5 minutes per game in his MVP season. He’s at 34.8 minutes per game this year. He led the NBA in minutes played in his MVP season. If you look at his PER 36 Minutes numbers, they’re much closer: MVP Year: 29.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 5.1 apg This Year: 27.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 5.3 apg Curious what the advanced stats say? Kevin Durant led the NBA in PER when he won MVP (29.90). This year, he’s only 12th (24.86).
Kevin Durant is Quietly Making a Nice MVP Case for Himself
The Big Lead | Dec 26