If ESPN.com’s Summer Forecast is right, it’ll be a fourth second place MVP for Kevin Durant this season. And remember, he’s tired of being second.
We all know the situation. LeBron is a four-time MVP, a two-time champion and the unofficial ruler of the NBA. He has the Best Player on the Planet written on his business card and with all of that, overcoming him in anything, much less MVP, is quite the challenge. If you’re going to win MVP in the NBA, you’ve got to outperform LeBron James, which is akin to saying you need to be better looking than Ryan Gosling. Good luck, gents.
Look at the three seasons KD finished runner-up:
2009-10 — 30.1 points, 47.6 FG%, 36.5 3P%, 90.0 FT%, 7.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 16.1 Win Shares
2011-12 — 28.0 points, 49.6 FG%, 38.7 3P%, 86.0 FT%, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 12.2 Win Shares
2012-13 — 28.1 points, 51.0 FG%, 41.6 3P%, 90.5 FT%, 7.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 18.9 Win Shares
Those are absurd numbers.
Problem is, look at LeBron’s in those same seasons: Keep Reading…