LeBron James or Kevin Durant for MVP?
As the 2011-2012 NBA regular season draws to a close, it’s time to consider who’s the league’s Most Valuable Player. You can vote for your MVP 2012 using our poll at the end of this page. Suggest us your MVP Top 5 adding comments on the footer. This year’s MVP candidates include LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Tony Parker and Rajon Rondo.
Stats 2011-12: 37.5 mpg, 27.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 6.3 apg, 1.9 spg, 0.8 bpg, 3.4 to, 53.1 fg%, 36.3 3p%, 76.8 ft%.
Season: The physical freak has had an unbelievable year. Averaging 27 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and just under one block per game, James stuffs the stat sheet every time, and has become an elite defender.
While question marks remain about his ability to deliver at the end of games, with James yet to shed his ‘choker’ tag, the truth is that he’s also responsible for a large percentage of Miami’s 43 wins, which sees them in the top four in the league.
James is not perfect, but should he deliver a championship to Miami, he’ll be pretty close. Whilst Durant has had a fantastic season, and the Thunder and Heat’s team records are almost identical, James has better statistics, is a much better defender, and has a positive effect in almost every game he plays.
Stats 2011-12: 38.5 mpg, 27.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.4 spg, 1.2 bpg, 3.7 to, 50.1 fg%, 37.5 3p%, 85.5 ft%.
Season: Durant has really stepped up to be a leader this year, a point best illustrated by his relationship and co-existence with teammate Russell Westbrook.
Durant’s ability to share the limelight and the shots with his All-Star teammate has been extremely unselfish and mature. It’s shown great awareness, and an ability to sum up how to get the best out of a teammate, and the team overall.
It’s meant that the Thunder have one of the best records in the league, and are primed for a trip to the NBA finals.
Throw in Durant’s amazing ability to deliver in the clutch, something James is yet to master, and you can make a very strong case for Durant to win his first of many MVP trophies.
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