By the numbers: Kevin Durant

May, 7, 2014
May 7
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With an assist from ESPN Stats & Info, here's a sampling of the many achievements that positioned Kevin Durant to claim 119 of a possible 124 first-place votes and win the first Most Valuable Player award of his career:

• Durant averaged 32.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists to become just the fourth player in league history to go for 32-7-5 over the course of an entire season. His predecessors: Wilt Chamberlain (twice), Michael Jordan (once) and Elgin Baylor (once).

• Durant is the first player since Allen Iverson in 2000-01 to win the scoring title and the MVP award in the same season. Shaquille O'Neal in 1999-2000 is the last player to win the scoring title, MVP and NBA title in the same season.

• Durant led the NBA in scoring average, PER and win shares, becoming the first player to rank No. 1 in all three categories since Shaq in 1999-2000.

• Durant topped the league in total points for the fifth straight season. He’s one of only three players in league history to accomplish that feat, joining Jordan and Chamberlain (seven straight seasons each).

• Durant and LeBron James finished 1-2 in MVP voting for the fourth time. It’s the most 1-2 finishes in MVP voting by any duo in NBA history, surpassing three such finishes for Jordan and Magic Johnson.

• Durant became just the fifth player in history to win at least four scoring titles. Jordan won 10, Wilt won seven and Iverson and George Gervin are tied with Durant at four each.

• Only seven players in NBA history have posted a season with a PER of 30 or more. Durant just missed that threshold at 29.9.

• Durant averaged 32.0 PPG while shooting 50.3 percent from the field. He was the first player to average 30-plus PPG and shoot better than 50 percent from the floor since Jordan in 1991-92.

• Durant’s scoring average of 32.0 PPG was the highest by any player since 2005-06, when Kobe Bryant led the league at 35.4 PPG, followed by Iverson at 33.0 PPG.

• Durant averaged 4.6 more points per game than Carmelo Anthony, who finished second in the scoring race. It was the third-largest gap between No. 1 and No. 2 in scoring average dating to 1969-70, which marked the first season that the scoring champion was crowned based on PPG. Only Jordan (8.1 PPG over Dominique Wilkins in 1986-87) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6.6 PPG over Tiny Archibald in 1971-72) finished with larger margins.

Marc Stein | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com
• Senior NBA writer for ESPN.com
• Began covering the NBA in 1993-94
• Also covered soccer, tennis and the Olympics

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