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Is Durant the MVP for the 2021-22 season?
Nov 18, 2021, 4:35:00 AM

Is Durant the MVP for the 2021-22 season?

Kevin Durant has put the Brooklyn Nets on his back for the 2021-22 season after a wild twist in the team’s roster. So far, the star forward has lived up to his hype and has pulled the Nets to an elite status in the league. He is also leading the race to the MVP award at this point.

KD won the MVP title back in 2014 when he carried the Oklahoma City Thunder to a strong record when his co-star Russell Westbrook was injured. Now that he is looking at a lone wolf run in the season, it is easy to expect that he is doing all he can to lead the Nets to the same level.

The only difference is that he has James Harden and a good roster. The Nets have proved its worth as one of the best teams that has a shot at the league title even in the 2020 Playoffs. They were so close to beating the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 and could have won their way to the NBA Finals.

Now that they have a second chance to redeem their worth in the 2021-22 season, the Nets are keen to ride through KD. They have a strong start so far, and while their loss to the Golden State Warriors show that they have a lot of work to do, KD’s value just keeps on rising.

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KD is averaging 28.1 points, 8.1 boards and 5.0 dimes per game. That is a huge stat line for a star who is already at the age of 33 and is still chasing rings and glory in the NBA. KD won the league title twice with the Warriors, but those were said to be ‘dummy rings’ since he won them by joining a squad that has already won a title on its own.

When the Warriors crushed them at home, it must have been a huge blow to KD’s pride when he heard MVP chants while former teammate Stephen Curry was on his way out. This speaks a lot of volumes about how KD has yet to earn the respect of Brooklyn fans - and the rest of the league.

While his games speak for his own case, KD needs to prove the world that he can win a title on his own. He was so close to doing so when he led the Thunder all the way to the West Finals but blew a 3-1 lead to the Warriors. The West champs then blew a 3-1 lead of their own in the NBA Finals, but then KD joined them after.

That changed the pace for KD’s career, but now he has a strong roster and a huge amount of will to show that he can win as a leader for his team.

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Words: Paul Daniel Flores

Image: PA