ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that Durant won the NBA MVP award and the announcement will be made sometime next week. LeBron James had won back-to-back MVPs (as well as consecutive NBA Finals MVPs), so Durant will be breaking James’ streak.
Durant is in the middle of his seventh NBA season. He led the league in points per game (32), minutes played and PER (player efficiency rating), while leading his Thunder to a 59-23 record playing several games without Russell Westbrook.
After making the All-Star team five seasons in a row and being named to the first-team All-NBA four seasons in a row, this will be Durant’s most notable individual award since capturing the Rookie of the Year award.
The news conference announcing the award is expected to be on Monday or Tuesday.