KD set for award for first time in career after impressive season.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is expected to be crowned league MVP early next week, according to sources close to the situation as reported by ESPN.
It is understood that the most likely scenario is that a press conference will be called on Tuesday to announce Durant’s win before the trophy presentation takes place before Oklahoma City’s home game against the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.
Having overcome the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 7 on Saturday night, the Thunder will be looking to build on their post-season run and Durant has insisted that he got back to enjoying his basketball after being criticised in the media.
Nevertheless, after leading the league in scoring during the regular season with 32 points per game, he will likely become the first player to win both the scoring title and MVP award in the same season since Allen Iverson did it in 2000-01.
The 25-year-old has been an integral part of the Thunder more so this season with the absence of Russell Westbrook due to injury, and many have claimed throughout the year that he was deserving of dethroning LeBron James.
Meanwhile, it is also reported that Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams will be named Rookie of the Year with the award also expected to be presented early next week.
Carter-Williams averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds as one of the few positive notes to come out of the Sixers’ dismal season which ended with a 19-63 record in the Eastern Conference.
Having been drafted with the 11th overall pick out of Syracuse, MCW won the Rookie of the Month award four times during the regular season, and given the struggles around him, his performances were undoubtedly all the more impressive.