Durant MVP

 

Kevin Durant won his way into our hearts with his now infamous MVP speech, but he won his way onto this list with one of, if not the greatest scoring season from a wing ever. . . The marvel of Durant’s 13-14 season is under-appreciated due to a lack-lustre post-season from the Thunder, and an injury marred 2014-15 campaign. At the end of 2014 a lot of people believed that Durant and not one, LeBron James was the best player in the NBA. While his time on the sidelines may have stalled that train some last year the debate should rage again this upcoming season.

A healthy Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, and Thunder core is something we’ve never really seen in the post-season, perhaps this upcoming year will get our chance to view it. In that situation Durant would get a chance to even further elevate himself on our list.

A couple of quick facts; one, Durant is the youngest player on this list by a comfortable margin, and two, he makes his appearance one day and one spot ahead of the older and more accomplished Paul Pierce. How do you feel about that?

 

The Resume:

Second Overall Pick 2007 – Seattle SuperSonics

6x All-Star

5x All-NBA

4x Scoring Champ

Rookie of the Year

All-Star Game MVP

The Real MVP

How did the guys rank him?

The Flag Bearer: James Holas (30).

The Barn Burner: Will Reeve, Marc Griffin, Jacob Noble and Justin Rowan (NR).

Others to rank Durant: Brian Geltzeiler (34), Adi Joseph (35), Justin Salkin (38), Justin Termine (39), Shane Young (45), Robert Littal (47), Josh Eberley (48), Matt Drappel (49), and Lang Green (50).

Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat Ð Game Five

#44 Tuesday, August 24. 

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Contributors:

Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley

Jacob Noble – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC

James Holas – hoopscritic.com / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen

Adi Joseph – sportingnews.com, @AdiJoseph

Matt Drappel – sportsnet.ca, @MattyD416

Justin Rowan – fearthesword.com / hoopslounge.com, @Cavsanada

Robert Littal – blacksportsonline.com, @BSO

Shane Young – hoopshabit.com, @YoungNBA

Justin Termine – Sirius XM NBA / cinesport.com host, @TermineRadio

Marc Griffin – hoopslounge.com / sportsnet.ca, @montrealmarc

Lang Greene – basketballinsiders.com, @LangGreene

Justin Salkin – hoopscritic.com / brooklynsbeat.com, @brooklynsbeat

Will Reeve – awfsports.com / Host of the All Weather Fan Podcast, contributor for hoopscritic.com @WillReeveJr

and of course,

Brian Geltzeiler – hoopscritic.com / Sirius XM NBA / the-cauldron.com / 120sports.com, @hoopscritic

Links to previous #HCHot50 pages:

HCHot50 Intro / Missed the Cut

#50 Pete Maravich

#49 Dave Cowens

#48 Wes Unseld

#47 Dolph Schayes

#46 Paul Pierce

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