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Kevin Durant Gets Mid-Season MVP Buzz

Feb 22, 2012; Oklahoma City  OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) during the fourth quarter against Boston Celtics at Chesapeake Energy Arena Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 22, 2012; Oklahoma City OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) during the fourth quarter against Boston Celtics at Chesapeake Energy Arena Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

(SB Nation Kansas City, Matt Conner) Kevin Durant's 51-point performance in an overtime win over the Nuggets the other day was just the latest example of how dominant the Thunder's star can get. As he's been shining brighter than ever this season, Chris Broussard said that Durant deserves the his MVP award as he hands out various accolades at the NBA's mid-season point.

Broussard writes, "The preseason pick by many has been phenomenal, especially of late. He has improved his efficiency, defense and rebounding while leading the Thunder to the best record in the West. Second in the league in scoring (27.7 ppg), Durant is averaging career highs in rebounds (8.2), assists (3.3) and blocks (1.3) while shooting a career-best 51.6 percent, which is far better than his career FG percentage of .467."

Durant definitely has some help from his friends. Russell Westbrook is among the best point guards. Serge Ibaka was named Broussard's Defensive Player of the Year thus far. James Harden is up for sixth man. So there are several key players for the Thunder, but there's still no denying just how great this young man is becoming.