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|Our panel thinks Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant is about to claim his first Most Valuable Player trophy.|
We called this race last week with Kevin Durant as the clear-cut MVP winner. Now, a week later, our forecast sees KD winning in a landslide.
Oklahoma City's superstar received a whopping 76 first-place votes (out of 85) from our panel, with Miami's LeBron James earning just eight first-place votes and the Clippers' Blake Griffin snagging one.
Yes, it would appear King James' reign as league MVP is over. And it's not due to voter fatigue.
Durant had another career year, and is a lock for capturing his fourth league scoring title (he's now at 31.9 PPG) in the past five seasons. He also averaged 7.4 rebounds per game and set a career-high mark in assists with 5.5 per game. Most importantly, he carried the Thunder to a high seed in the loaded Western Conference.
Here is the voting breakdown by our ESPN Forecast panel.
Most Valuable | Coach of Year | Rookie of Year | Defensive POY | Most Improved | Sixth Man