As the 2013-2014 progresses, so does the race for the NBA MVP title of the regular season. The usual suspects remain at the top of the list, however, there are some changes and new additions to potential candidates for the award. Let’s see which the latest changes on the MVP race are for this season.
LeBron James and Kevin Durant still lead the race. The two of them are projected to fight chest-to-chest all the way till the end of the season.
As a matter of fact, Kevin Durant holds a slight advantage at the moment. That’s because the absence of Russell Westbrook has forced KD to take many more responsibilities on offense. As a result, Durant has been putting up enormous performances as of lately. It’s notable that over the span of three days, Durant recorded two 48-point performances. Of course, once Westbrook comes back, Durant will return to his normal but for now, he seems like he holds the upper hand in the MVP race. KD is averaging 29.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game while he is shooting 49.2 percent from the floor and 40.6 percent from deep.
On the other hand, LeBron James is still considered as the best player in the NBA. Yes he is better than Durant as a player but at during this stretch of the season, he is not as productive as KD is. Nonetheless, he is much more efficient. LeBron is shooting an insane 58.9 percent from the floor to go along with 41.0 percent from three-point range. He is also putting up 25.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He and the Miami Heat are not pushing hard for the first seed in the East at the moment. Nonetheless, we might see them putting the pedal to the metal during the second part of the season. James and Durant are certainly the two strongest favorites for the MVP title for the 2013-2014 campaign.
We can’t say the same for Kobe Bryant. Prior to the start of the season, the Black Mamba was considered as one of the potential candidates for the MVP award. Nonetheless, due to his health issues, he is now completely off of the discussion. He is not even a contender for the all star week this season.
Stephen Curry on the other hand is dynamically entering the race. The 25-year old sharpshooter has lead the Golden State Warriors to 10 victories in a row. He is continuing to shoot very well from the floor, 44.0 percent this season although his three-point shooting has slightly dropped, 39.6 percent this season. Curry has emerged as a significant distributor as of lately for the Dubs, dishing an average of 9.5 assists up to now in the season.
Paul George and LaMarcus Aldridge follow in the MVP race. George is establishing himself at the elite of the NBA with the numbers he puts up and the things he does on the court. He will soon reach the level of LeBron and Durant if he continues to improve with the rate he currently does.
LaMarcus Aldridge on the other hand can be fairly considered as the best power forward in the league currently. He is doing it all when on the floor, scoring, rebounding, and leading the Portland Trail Blazers to victories. Aldridge is a major factor in the Blazers’ surprising course this season.