67RIEFNS No. 54: Whatever Kevin Durant can do

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The NBA is full of talent, personality and suspense. During the offseason, It’s easy to forget how wonderful the league can be. So, I’ve assembled 67 Reasons I’m Excited For Next Season (67RIEFNS). They’ll be presented in no particular order.

Full disclosure: This post was originally called “Kevin Durant defending his MVP.”

But with Durant out injured, there’s barely even a slim chance of him winning MVP.

At this point, I’ll take whatever I can get from the Thunder star.

Durant is well on his way to becoming an all-time great, they type of player you tell your kids about watching.

Once he established himself as the NBA’s best scorer – a deadly combination of volume and efficiency – Durant developed his all-around game to an elite level. His defense, rebounding and passing have really improved in the last couple years.

In 2011, LeBron James lost his hold on MVP because voters were mad at him for leaving Cleveland. Last season, with LeBron still in his prime, Durant legitimately took the award from LeBron. That says it all about Durant’s level.

LeBron might have taken his eye off the prize just long enough to cede control, but this year, there would have been no excuses. I thought LeBron and Durant would push each other to even greater individual heights.

Instead, Durant begins the season sidelined, and I’m not going to be greedy. I just want to watch Durant play basketball, however much that can be.