Feb 20, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) handles the ball while being guarded by Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN says LeBron James, Kevin Durant most likely to win MVP

The 2014-15 NBA season is just around the corner and that means it’s time for season predictions that are way too early and will most likely either be completely wrong or completely obvious.

The first MVP predictions from the paste eating department at ESPN falls under the latter category.

As part of ESPN’s Summer Forecast, the two likely candidates to be the MVP in the 2014-15 season are none other than LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

It’s really going out on a limb picking the two best players in the game to be the two best players of the upcoming season, but someone has to be Captain Obvious and that role is being played by ESPN. In all seriousness though, the two likeliest candidates at this point are indeed LeBron and Durant, but there are a slew of other names to pay attention to.

Derrick Rose is coming back and looking to reclaim his 2011 MVP crown, Chris Paul wants to get in on this MVP fun as does his teammate Blake Griffin. There’s also Damien Lillard to consider, as young point guards tend to run with MVP races when they get hot, which brings to mind Kyrie Irving, who could use LeBron James as a catapult to next level stardom.

The bottom line is, the easy choice is to pick LeBron and Durant because that requires little thought at all. But there are a lot of names to watch this season and there’s a chance someone else ends up winning the MVP other than LeBron or KD.

Be sure to check FanSided.com’s official NBA page to keep up to date on the latest news and rumors from around the league all summer long.

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