Thunder scoring champion Kevin Durant declared as 2013-2014 KIA NBA MVP


The Durantula is finally an MVP.

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder is the winner of the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the 2013-14 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player.


It is the first MVP award for Durant, who captured his fourth scoring title in five seasons, joining Wilt Chamberlain, George Gervin and Michael Jordan as the only players to accomplish this feat. 

Despite teammate Russell Westbrook appearing in only 46 games, Durant guided the Thunder to the NBA's second-best record at 59-23.

Durant totaled 1,232 points, including 119 first-place votes, from a panel of 124 voters that consisted of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada as well as an NBA.com MVP fan vote, making for 125 total ballots. 

Rounding out the top five in voting are Miami's LeBron James (891 points, six first-place votes), Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (434 points), Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah (322 points), and Houston Rockets' James Harden (85 points).
Durant averaged a career-best 32.0 points to go with 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists, also a career high. 
In capturing his fourth scoring title, he joined Jordan (10), Chamberlain (seven), Gervin (four), and Allen Iverson (four) as the only players in league annals to win at least four scoring titles. 
He shot .503 from the field, .391 from three-point range, and .873 from the free throw line, leading all players in free throws made (703) and attempted (805). Durant authored two 50-point games, topped the 40-point mark on 14 occasions, and turned in 17 games with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds.
The NBA MVP trophy is named in honor of the late Maurice Podoloff, the first commissioner of the NBA who served from 1946 until his retirement in 1963.
--- with reports from NBA.com

Thunder scoring champion Kevin Durant declared as 2013-2014 KIA NBA MVP Thunder scoring champion Kevin Durant declared as 2013-2014 KIA NBA MVP Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on on 5/06/2014 Rating: 5

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