NBA MVP Power Rankings: Week 20

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Feb 15, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; A general view of the Smoothie King Center and NBA All Star Game logo before the NBA All Star Game skill contests. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Greetings! It’s Monday morning, and each and every week (including last Monday), we bring you the latest look at the always entertaining race for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award. Some feel that the NBA will take a “back seat” to the crazy world of college hoops over the next couple of weeks (March Madness, etc.), but diehards will note that the Association is in fantastic shape, and there is certainly no shortage of things to discuss with the greatest athletes in the world headed toward the NBA MVP award.

For reference, the MVP “criteria” used here is the most literal sense of the word, and team success (while certainly a factor) doesn’t include or exclude any prospective candidate from the proceedings. Without further ado, let’s get it going!

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  • Tynan Patrick

    Am i the only one who thinks this isn’t even close? KD has it by a mile right now, the only reason we are even talking about lebron is because ESPN hyped up a 9 game stretch by LeBron last month. KDs 12 game 30+ was more impressive and longer, but LeBron is the ESPN cash cow. Bron is still the best player, but KD has unquestionably been better this season.Durant has more points, higher per, the largest win shares lead in years over the field(about 4 points ahead of lebron), more rebounds, More defensive win shares, higher defensive efficiency and pretty much equal shooting %’s(Lebron is slightly higher but durant shoots more volume so it basically equals out with a very slight edge to LeBron in TS%). Literally the only category where Lebron has a real lead is assists, and even in that category it isn’t like he is miles ahead of Durant(6.5 to 5.5). people will be busy hyping up lebrons game tonight(25 point first, 43 overall), and neglect that Durnat just scored 35 last night against a much better defense. you can certainly argue that Lebrons 43 is better, but KD built such a commanding lead in january, that as long as he is still putting up 35, it shouldn’t matter when LeBron puts up 43, its going to be too little too late. if durant doesn’t win MVP it is a complete joke.

    • Henry Liu

      No you are not the only one! I’ve been saying this for a few months now and my mind hasn’t change. KD is still the MVP and it really isn’t even close. Unless LeBron can lead the Heat to the best record and the league while putting up monster stats, this shouldn’t even be considered a “close” race. Btw,
      KD is the best player in the league. Not LeBron.