This past week, Kevin Durant won his first NBA Most Valuable Player award. Durant led the Thunder to the second best record in the Western Conference despite All-Star Point Guard Russell Westbrook being injured for much of the season. He shouldered much of the burden of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s offense while also earning his fourth scoring title in five years. Durant averaged a career-high 32 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.3 steals while shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from behind the arc.
His achievements, this season, are exceptional to say the least. He broke Michael Jordan’s 25+ points made in consecutive games with 41 straight games. Before formally accepting the award, Durant thanked each one of his teammates by name, acknowledging them for their support and contributions to the team, which made his MVP opportunity possible. He dedicated his hard won MVP award to his mother, the “real MVP,” leaving no dry eye in attendance.
To see Durant’s acceptance speech in its entirety go to the link below: