Kevin Durant: Will the Thunder's Star Win the MVP Award?

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIJanuary 15, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 19:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives against Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder at Philips Arena on December 19, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Oklahoma City Thunder have started off hot for yet another season this year.  The team is currently boasting a very impressive 30-8 record, which is the best in the NBA.

Since moving from Seattle to Oklahoma City, the Thunder have improved steadily each year.  They were able to go as far as the NBA Finals last year, but fell short to LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

This year, the Thunder are looking to go back to the finals, and this time win it.  With all of the talent on this roster, there is one player who will lead them to that goal.

Kevin Durant.

Durant has been the centerpiece of this team since moving to Oklahoma City.  After being drafted out of the University of Texas, it seems that he has somehow gotten better each year.

This year, Durant has officially made his case for the league's most valuable player.  With fans feeling that he had been snubbed the past several years, it looks like Durant might be able to win the award this season.

Durant has been a star player for several years, with three straight scoring titles and all-star appearances.  His sensational play has propelled the Thunder into a championship-caliber team.

What is most impressive about Durant is the improvements he has made this season.  While his average points per game has only risen from 28.0 to 28.9, his other numbers have jumped.

Durant's shooting efficiency has gone up in all aspects.  His field goal percentage jumped from 49.6 percent to 52.4 percent.  His three-point percentage went from 38.7 percent to 40.2 percent.  Even his free throws have improved, going from 86.0 percent to 90.2 percent.

The resurgent Durant is looking like one of the best players in the league.  While James is still looking like James and Carmelo Anthony is beginning to be in the MVP talks, Durant is still making a strong enough case for the award.

Regardless of whether or not Durant wins MVP, the Thunder are having a phenomenal season, and individual awards won't matter if they can win in the NBA Finals.