Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 3:05 pm  |  44 responses

Kevin Love: Kevin Durant is the Leading MVP Candidate

Add Kevin Love to the list of star NBA players who have publicly endorsed Kevin Durant as the League’s most valuable player this season. From the Dan Patrick Show (via SRI): “What he makes of people saying he is only putting up numbers because someone has to score on a bad team: ‘I think people are ridiculous. There have been bad teams where people have put up numbers but not quiet numbers like this and we’re winning this year. Last year you definitely could’ve said that and had an argument that was warranted but this year we’re knocking at the door of the playoffs, on the outside looking in still, but we could have a good run here these last 14 games and eventually make the eight seed. Really we’re four or five games out of the fourth spot so we’re looking to just keep winning games. When people say that I don’t listen to it. They just don’t know what they’re talking about.’ […] On the best team in the West: ‘Oklahoma City without a question. I think obviously you have the reigning champs with the Dallas Mavericks, you have a team that is older but still effective in San Antonio, the Lakers with those big fellas in there with (Pau) Gasol and Bynum and always Kobe Bryant so they’re going to be scary come postseason play but I think the best team in the West is the Oklahoma City Thunder. Plain and simple.’ Whether he belongs in the MVP conversation: ‘I think if we make the playoffs then it’s a legitimate conversation to have but as far as right now it’s really tough to say. I look at guys like Kobe Bryant, I look at guys like LeBron James and especially with what Kevin Durant is doing I think he is just taking his team above and beyond. Obviously Russell Westbrook is playing great, James Harden, Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins, and guys off the bench that are playing great basketball so I think you really have to start off that conversation with Kevin.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    oh dear

  • http://sdjfklfl.com Jukai

    I’m holding you back NBK I’M HOLDING YOU BACK

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Maybe my reading comprehension is off but I didn’t see the part where he was endorsing KD as an MVP candidate?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    TAD – “so I think you really have to start off that conversation with Kevin”

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    lol thanks Jukai. I got too frustrated the other day and typed irrationally about being rational.

  • RunNGun

    k-love is the troof son… TROOF!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    TAD- Yeah he didn;t really say “KD is the MVP in my book”, but he did say that the MVP choice starts with KD. Pretty much the same thing.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Thanks guys. I see the last sentence now. It just kind of flowed together when I first read it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    And honestly I don’t think we need to rehash this debate again. If I read about ‘win shares’ again my head is going to explode!

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    We all know that LeBron would have to play like an alien to win that award.

  • ALD

    i think westbrook is just as an mvp deserving to that team….. But the MVP is Dwight no debate.

  • bike

    These Kevins stick together.

  • RunNGun

    Imagine if OKC would have drafted K-LOVE instead of WESTBROOK. Kevin Love, Kevin Durant, and OKC could have had RUBIO too.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chubachuchi

    Sorry Bron fans he will never get the MVP during these few years because of “The Decision” fiasco. He’s not liked anymore and there’s always that argument that he has 2 all-stars on his team, a future hall of famer in D Wade at that. His numbers will always be stellar but many there’s just too many reasons in the back of people’s minds that prevent Bron being considered an MVP these few years. He’ll have another MVP year in the future though.

  • nick

    unless he was talking about himself in the third person lol

  • Fresh Boirdee

    I think Lebron could get it next year… After Rose and KD another superstar is going to have to have a stellar year to even be mentioned. Maybe K-Love or Dwight, but Lebron is going to be at the top every year. The reason he won’t get it this year and why he may not get it for a few years is because the Heat are not even the best team in the NBA, record wise. You have three allstars, two of the top 5 current players and you’re number 2 in your conference, 3 in the league, with a possibility of being 4th with San Antonio’s geriatric ass possibly passing them. Everybody want’s to whip out stats, but Lebron had better numbers than Rose last year. Numbers get you in the talks, but impact is what wins it. It’s Durant’s year, plain and simple.

  • http://sdjfklfl.com Jukai

    Like the Myles/Jones issue, I think Lebron and Durant really should settle this in either a boxing ring or a UFC Octagon.

  • T-Money

    i actually think bron had it at the all-star break. nobody really cares about the decision anymore and all the big media outlets, including espn, had him as the favourite. but since then, miami is barely playing .500 ball with bron in a big slump. to be honest, kd deserves it at this point.

  • grumbleman

    k love for mvp nuckas

  • LA Huey

    co-sign T-Money. The Heat have soured my past two Sundays in watching his team gets waxed. There’s no reason LeBron should let his get outplayed the way they’ve been lately.

  • feez_22

    MVP hasn’t won the title since duncan. & when duncan did it, he pulled a mvp, championship and finals mvp. then again, the yr b4, duncan won an MVP but didn’t win a ring. So i should rephrase that… the only players in the last 23 years to win their “FIRST” MVP and a championship in the same season were shaq and hakeem. pretty crazy huh?

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    I don’t think anyone has forgotten about ‘the decision’, that’s why in continually comes up. The way he went to Miami to team-up with a player that an finish is something that I believe players, fans, media etc. think about and cosider everytime they look at LeBron and what he does on/for that team. IF/When the Heat win a title, that will actually amplify how LeBron left, not diminish it. So, when many of the media et. al. talk about who should get the MVP they say LeBron despite anything and he probably has to have a clearly supperior season to anyone else to get it. K.D. is a media, fan, and player favorite it seems and as good as he is, people want him to win the MVP. I’m not saying he doesn’t/won’t deserve it if he wins, but I would say his image helps him a lot while LeBron’s image hurts his chances. I think IF KD wins and LeBron puts up better overall numbers (which he currently is), then some people will compar KD’s win to Steve Nash when a lot of people don’t think he should have gotten it.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Is there some sort of cabal.

  • FnF

    Lebron/KD are both deserving but I’d give the advantage to Lebron. He came out of the gate blazing and just recently started to cool down. KD has coasted and then is benefiting from EVERYONE on his team stepping their game up. Ibaka blocking practically everything. Harden engraving his name on the 6th man of the year award. Westbrook being nearly as efficient as KD, both taking roughly the same # of shots and points. Yet people act like KD is singlehandidly pulling his team up the standings. KD is trending but I don’t think Lebron has lost the award, yet.

  • Iggi

    I agree with you 100%??? Lebron got this!!

  • riggs

    @nick: thats the first thing that came to my mind lol

  • bull22

    nah kevin durant will have earned this award same as rose did last year by carrying the team on his back. my prediction this year is that kevin durant wins the mvp this year and its well deserved with team being on top of conference. i had him in second place last year behind rose as other guy deserving last years mvp.

  • Heals

    Bron will get ROBBED this year like he got ROBBED last year, like Jordan got robbed of a few during the 90′s.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    ^ lol at him being robbed last season. lol

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    Other NBA players hate lebron just as much as the media smh

  • Bola

    @ Fresh Boirdee, thank you for saying facts. Kevin Durant is just doing it this season. He might not be the leading NBA scorer but he’s second right now and he was 2 years in a row. Dude has taken over so many games for OKC this season. Lebron is ballling but having 2 superstars and still trailing Bulls who don’t even have Rose, that just hit the spot

  • Ken

    what does MVP mean!??!?!?!?! Most valuable player? An mvp is the LEAGUE’S MVP, so the most valuable player to the league in terms of popularity and trademark is either kobe or lebron. mvp the best player on the best team? then thats definitely kevin durant. Team’s MVP, meaning the most valuable to the team? That would be dwight howard. statistics? Kevin Love. All around best player as MVP? LeBron James.
    But seriously.. The NBA needs to put out a REAL MVP description and criteria.

  • deadbored

    Based on what Durant has done for OKC and the criteria for the MVP, yes he may have a chance. If this is an argument about who is having a better year and you dont think its LBJ, then im sorry but you really dont know basketball.

  • Justin G.

    This argument again? The whole “Lebron has two superstars on his team” is just dumb. I guess Larry Bird or Magic Johnson shouldn’t have won any right? Especially Larry who played alongside I believe 4 other Hall of Famers at one point? Actually 5 with Dennis Johnson and all on the same team. Jordan played with 2 other Hall of Famers. bull22, saying Durant is carrying this team on his back is ludicrous, even for you.

  • deadbored

    There is no person leading their team in more different statistic categories than LBJ. Does that make him MVP? Does not that show his value?

  • http://www.dfhggf.com cheema

    kevin love sucks! rubio is the best on wolves. how could a “superstar” have a losing record? plus without rubio, they are like .333 in win %. smh

  • Mike From Spain

    What Kevin Love said, in my opinion, was that you have to pick someone from OKC in the conversation for MVP, and that you have to start with Durant. I thought he spoke of who you have to take from OKC, not who’s the front runner. But hey, English is my second language, what do I know

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    LeBron is by far the MVP of my Fantasy League-Rock Out with Your Lockout. Hands down.

  • dan

    durant reallly is the mvp this year. never saw a scorer like him. he is the only play in the league who can score 30 or more without dishing a single assist without being a ball hog, hurting his team or playing selfish. he plays his role perfectly. on the other hand – its that old value argument. i think if you took durant out of the roster the thunder would still be a good playoff team. same with lebron. i think the only guys that carry a whole team on their shoulders in a way that their squads wouldnt win ish without them are bryant, howard and love

  • dan

    …and no, i didnt forget about nash but he allready got 2 mvps for being white e.g. over lebron when he deserved it more and b4 he became such a classless person. so that guy is out of that conversation 4ever

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  • alex

    kevin love is 10x better then durant.

  • alex

    ALso kevin love is better than rubio even if his hand whose broken he would still be better than rubio.

  • alex

    Cheema you are so wrong everything you said was wrong.