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Report: Thunder's Durant will be named MVP

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: May 03 2014 09:29:28 PM CDT
Updated On: May 04 2014 07:43:29 AM CDT
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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, who led the league in scoring with 32 points per game, is expected to be named league MVP next week, reported Saturday.

This would not be a surprise since it had been widely anticipated throughout the league that Durant would earn the award for the first time in his career.

Miami Heat forward LeBron James won back-to-back MVPs the previous two seasons.

Durant, 25, finished second to James in the 2012 and 2013 MVP votes. The five-time All-Star emerged as the MVP favorite this season by also averaging 7.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.3 steals.

The Thunder have tentatively scheduled a press conference for Tuesday, according to

The NBA took a week off from the awards announcements in the wake of the Donald Sterling scandal.