The National Basketball League’s Most Valuable Player Award has been sitting in Miami for the past two years. LeBron James has been the best player in the league for the past few years and has been able to maintain his dominance until this season.

 

To most people, LeBron is still the MVP front-runner due to his sustained success and commanding presence in the league; but this year, a guy who plays in Oklahoma City is looking to take that precious hardware away from James.

 

 

Kevin Durant & LeBron James. Photo: Sue Ogroki AP photo

Kevin Durant & LeBron James. (Sue Ogroki/AP)

Kevin Durant has led the league in scoring, three out of the past four years and, he is on track to rank fairly high again this year. Not only is Durant scoring like a madman, he has been without his side-kick Russell Westbrook, another NBA all-star, for most of the season. Durant has elevated all other areas of his game and with help from the rest of his teammates, the Oklahoma City Thunder are sitting in the driver’s seat of the Western Conference.

 

 

KD & LBJ going at it in Miami. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

KD & LBJ going at it in Miami. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

With both of these men playing at the level they are right now, it is nearly impossible to pick which one is more valuable than the other.

 

Analysts argue that since Durant has been without the assistance of Westbrook, and LeBron has had Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh on the court with him at most times, Durant’s year has topped King James’. It is very hard to disagree with that argument. While Durant is ahead of James in the scoring and rebounding categories, James has the edge in assists and field goal percentage.

 

 

 

There is still ways to go this season, and these two stars will have multiple chances to wow MVP voters. It is more likely that whichever player’s team finishes with a better record will end up bringing home the trophy. As of now, the Miami Heat have 41 wins and 14 losses, and the Oklahoma City Thunder have 43 wins and 15 losses.

 

So, what are your thoughts? Tell me in the comments below, or find me on Twitter @procsss.