Given there were one, and now there IS one through TripleDoubleSports very own MONSTER OF THE MONTH SERIES, the Monster of the month AWARD without a doubt would have to go to KD, the “Durantula” - Known to be from the arachnid animal class, this spider-like species dominates the court with his ability to use his advantageous size and his silky smooth features – similar to that of a Tarantula, its kin.
If you haven’t noticed what the noise is about, its not because superstar Kevin Durant is silently killing, its because you’re not paying attention. Iceman Slim is echoing the boisterous sound that thunder brings by making noise all around the league with his tremendous play. It seems like every time KD laces up, it’s going to be a BIG game.
Kevin Durant is undoubtedly a top 3 player in the NBA. Even though he’s very young, his upside is scary and he’s rarely fails at torturing defenses that dare try and stop him. The kid goes out for 30 every night, but isn’t afraid to push it past that and get you oh lets say 48 and mmm…maybe 54 on a given night as he did recently against the Warriors. In KD’s post game interviews he often stresses how he can do more for his team and is always willing to – a modest but respectful statement. Even more fittingly, his favorite player is known to be Larry Bird, whom he has a lot of similarities to on a personal level, professional level, and legacy level.
It is no secret. From the look you decipher on Durant’s face, to the way he plays the game with a combination of competitive urgency and genuine passion, it’s clear to see he wants to go back to the Promised Land. For certain, Kevin Durant realizes winning is priority to him, especially when you have a supporting cast like he does, it just makes the time that much more prestigious and opportune. OKC is currently 4th in the league in points per contest and 2nd in the league in rebounding. Correlatively, their efficient rebounding combats the opposing team’s second chance points, which, is why they’re 7th in the league in points allowed per contest. There’s just no doubt about it, the Oklahoma City Thunder are a cohesive, deep unit (even with Westbrook out) and will go deep into the playoffs this year as they try to earn a trip to their 2nd NBA Finals appearance in just 3 years.
So far, in the month of January (10 games) KD is averaging 36 ppg on 50% shooting from the floor, 6 assists, and nearly 2 steals. His numbers are productively high, across the board, and they are definitely no magic tricks even those his performances may seem like magic shows (similar to the one he put on at Rucker Park when he netted 66). This is the same animal that posted 3 straight scorning titles, not to mention his first (30 ppg) came in his 3rd year of the league. He was the youngest player to do that so it just goes to show and prove naysayers wrong that KD isn’t ready, because obviously the stud is young and very much ready.
With all that said sign him up for MVP honors. He deserved it two years ago when he first took OKC to the Finals (and yes captured the scoring title), and he’s matured/improved since then. His first NBA MVP should be in the bag due to the type of season he’s having WITHOUT fellow co-star PG Russell Westbrook (who will be back soon), and don’t be shocked if his first title comes sooner than later as well. The Heat have tremendous pressure to 3-peat and become legendary, and they have bigger competition with the likes of the Pacers sitting on top of them in the East right now, so anything can happen come late April and early June.
Its still early, but this is a primed Thunder team that went on an 8 game winning streak, lost one, then went on a 9 game winning streak to go 17-1 though 18 games. In their last 10, they’ve won 6 and they are trying to build on a 3 game win streak since defeating Houston, Golden State, and Sacramento. They’re next two games are against Portland whom they’ve yet to defeat, and then the Spurs. In a another week, KD will get a chance to go at LeBron on the 29th, so stay tuned to continue to see what this team is made of and what they’re fighting for.
All in all, KD is destined for greatness and all throughout the rest of his career he is a player who will surely be mentioned in NBA title talks year in and year out. He’s a certified all NBA 1st Team pro, and deserves the respect, recognition, and every ounce of allure he gets because he IS that great and will continue to be as a team leader and elite franchise player. Look out for Kevin Durant to take home MVP honors this season and really make a case for himself and his team in a Finals run and return. Don’t sleep on OKC, you’d be a fool.