LeBron concedes Durant as MVP

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant's game has done much of the talking, but now it's LeBron who has all but verbally given Durant the go-ahead to win the NBA MVP Award.

I don't know what else Kevin Durant would have to do to win the MVP Award. For the past two years, Durant has finished second in the voting to LeBron James, but it seems this year will be the year for Durant to take the MVP Award away from the 4-time winner.

Even amid a stellar season from LeBron James who is averaging 27.0 PPG, 6.4 APG and 6.9 RPG, and also has a 29.36 PER. Kevin Durant has done better. Durant is averaging 32.0 PPG, 5.5 APG, 7.5 RPG while getting a league-high 30.17 PER. Durant has been a better scorer than LeBron in past years, but his increase in PER, assists and rebounds are over-shadowing James at this point. Not to mention that the Thunder have a better record, and Durant went on a tear in scoring 25+ in a stretch that lasted 41 games. One area LeBron still excels in is his FG% as he shoots a career best 57% to Durant's 50%.

Either way, this year, Durant has done enough as an individual and as a team to surpass LeBron merely for the Award.

LeBron has recognized this. He had this to say about Durant and the Award:

"I think K.D. has had one heck of a season, and if he was rewarded with the MVP, it would be great. It would be awesome for him, for his family. It would be a great thing for him. He has played MVP-type basketball. The most consistent basketball player as far as MVP this year. He has put up some great numbers."

Sure sounds like James realizes that his grab on the MVP Award is slipping, and rather than fight the inevitable, he chooses to support his friend. Most around the league are hesitant to name Durant the best player in the game, but recognize that he is having the best season.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers on MVP: "I still think LeBron is the best player in the NBA, but I think Durant has had an MVP year."

One of the biggest differences in their seasons has been their play without their counterparts. Both James and Durant have played long parts of the season without Russell Westbrook and Dwyane Wade. But the difference is that James never knows when Wade will play and has to adjust on the fly, Durant knew he would have to carry the load for a while.

Either way, Durant has had an incredible season, and LeBron recognizes and acknowledges it.

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