Kevin Durant’s MVP season is good, not great


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It’s official: Kevin Durant is the league’s MVP.

“KD’s had one hell of a year, both offensively, the streak he was one with the 25-plus, 30-plus and all across the board,” LeBron James said “Kudos to him, much respect to him and he deserves it. He had a big-time MVP season.”

Durant set a career high in assists per game (5.5 ) and led the league in Player Efficiency Rating (29.8), a measure of per-minute production.

Among those four seasons, only Wilt Chamberlain won MVP for his 1965-66 campaign. But where does Durant’s 2013-14 season rank as the most valuable MVP season?

Using Win Shares, an estimate of the number of wins contributed by a player, Durant’s season would be 12th best among winners of the award.

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Neil Greenberg analyzes advanced sports statistics for the Fancy Stats blog and prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd.
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Neil Greenberg · May 6, 2014