The Top 10 NBA MVP Candidates, Week 4

By: 03.27.12
Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

3. DWYANE WADE – Last week: 21.6 ppg/4.6 apg/6.6 rpg
LW: No. 3, maintaining
Miami took care of business last week for the most part, but there was only three games last week in which D-Wade was impacting the game in all aspects. Wade has continued to refuse to settle for long three-point shots and it’s been working for him. He puts a lot of pressure on defenses in the pick-and-roll, and he attacks the basket relentlessly. He proved he can still shoot the three by going 3-for-4 in the loss against OKC on Sunday. However, Wade has been making the most of his 15-20 shot attempts each night.

2. KEVIN DURANT – Last week: 29.5 ppg/10.3 rpg/5.0 apg
LW: No. 2, maintaining
Last week KD had a ridiculously efficient seven days against some of the league’s toughest teams. Aside from struggling at Utah on Tuesday in a game where he only had 18 on 22 shot attempts, Durant was on fire: 10-for-18 with 32 points against Chris Paul and the Clippers; 40 points on 15-for-26 shooting in the overtime game against Minnesota; then 28 points on 11-for-20 shooting against LeBron and the Heat (while checking ‘Bron most of the way), which was more than enough to get the victory. Many want to debate that this is the week Durant finally edges LeBron in the MVP race. Sure he out played LeBron on Sunday, and had a better overall week than LeBron did, but it’s hard to just ignore LeBron’s entire body of work this season after one great week by Durant. The main reason Durant doesn’t pass LeBron is because the two meet again in Miami on April 4th. That will ultimately decide if Durant can finally pass LeBron. For now, he’ll have to sit tight in second place, although now he’s closer than ever to the number one spot.

1. LEBRON JAMES – Last week: 18.0 ppg/7.6 apg/5.6 apg
LW: No. 1, maintaining
Not the best week for LeBron James, which isn’t exactly a surprise when you consider how well D-Wade has been playing lately. The fact of the matter is there’s only one basketball, and Wade has been getting into a pretty good rhythm.

It wasn’t exactly a bad week for LeBron. But it was definitely not the LeBron James basketball we’re accustomed to seeing. He’d better turn it around quick because Durant is coming off one of his best weeks of the season, and he clearly outplayed LeBron on Sunday night. The two meet again on April 4th which will ultimately decide if LeBron will remain in the number one spot, or if Durant can finally pass him for the first time all season.

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