After the end of the NBA regular season, the award goes to only one player. Of course, there are many contenders for the title of MVP of the season, but when considering candidates, it is impossible not to mention the name of Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant. Just look at the Brooklyn fights at the Barclays Center, where fans constantly chant MVP as soon as KD gets the ball. Recall that in 2014 Durant already received the most prestigious individual award of the League, however, according to the player himself, after that he is not at all interested in personal achievements and by all means, he will not chase the MVP prize for the second time. Instead, the 34-year-old simply wants respect from Nets fans and hopes fans will always enjoy watching their favorite team.
If you are not limited to live betting, but also make predictions for long-term events, then you will certainly be interested to know if Kevin Durant can become the most valuable player of the 2022-2023 season of the National Basketball Association.
Kevin Durant’s NBA career awards to date
When Kevin Durant is healthy, he is still one of the league’s top scorers. After a rather dramatic off-season break, the Nets successfully kept their two superstars (Durant and Irving) together. Earlier, Brooklyn also traded James Harden for Ben Simmons in order to solve their defense problems. In 55 games last season, Durant averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game while shooting 52% from the field. His attacking game shows no signs of slowing down even at his current age. The only thing stopping him from winning another MVP title is his health.
The Nets superstar has amassed a varying number of National Basketball Association achievements in his career:
- Season MVP (2014)
- Finals MVP (2017, 2018).
- The most productive player (seasons 2010-2012 and 2014).
- MVP of the finals of the All-Star Game (2012, 2014).
- Rookie of the Year (2008).
Kevin Durant also won the NBA regular season in the 2017 and 2018 seasons, got into the 1st All-Star Game team from 2010 to 2014 and in 2018, and also into the 2nd team in 2016, 2017 and 2019. Surely this amazing list of achievements will be replenished in the future, as Kevin Durant, despite his age, is in excellent shape and is full of desire to win in every single match.
Kevin Durant this season
Despite the bad start of the Brooklyn Nets in the regular season, at the moment the team is starting to find its game, in large part, thanks to the efforts of its main superstar. Durant has already put in a lot of great games this season. What is his performance against Orlando with 45 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists. Kevin’s efforts allowed the Nets to win with a score of 109: 102, Durant also won the game against Washington with 39 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 36 points in the game against Indiana (twice at the beginning of the season, one game won , another lost), 37 points against Memphis, 35 points against Portland, 34 points against Atlanta. Brooklyn’s super-scorer is averaging over 31 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists this season. Shooting statistics are amazing, Kevin’s shot accuracy is now at 54.8% damage from the field, while the player makes almost 2 blocks per match.
Overall, Durant scored at least 30 points in 11 of 22 games and recorded a triple-double on November 9 against the New York Knicks. After the game against Orlando, Durant was asked if he paid attention to the fact that the fans during the game shouted NBA MVP, but he modestly replied that he hardly noticed it and did not pay much attention to it. Kevin believes that he needs to put in a lot of effort to be in the race for the most valuable player of the season. Durant himself wants to find respect from the fans, wants to please them in every single match. If the MVP chant gives them pleasure, then the player is ready to match.
Despite the fact that Kevin Durant at this stage of his career doesn’t care much about accolades and individual awards, with such outstanding performance and statistics, we think he should definitely be in the 2023 MVP race.