Has Kevin Durant played enough games to win MVP again?


by Kamil Skwarek on Feb 6, 2015 | Views: 59 | Score: 0
Fewest Games Played by MVP Award Winners
Kevin Durant 2014-15* (if healthy)55
Bill Walton 1977-7858
Allen Iverson 2000-0171
Steve Nash 2004-0575
*If Kevin Durant were to win the MVP this year
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Kamil Skwarek
Kamil Skwarek on Feb 6, 2015 7:51 PM said:

Probably not. Although Kevin Durant has played at an MVP level when healthy, he has only played 22 games. If he doesn't miss another game all season he will have only played 55 games. Nobody has ever won the MVP award with less than 58 games played. Note: The NBA implemented an 82 game schedule in the 67-68 season. Lockout shortened seasons in 1998-99 and 2011-12.

kendramayer2017
kendramayer2017 on Feb 8, 2015 10:30 AM said:

The prospect definitely looks bleak for Durant. Although, looking at the stats from your source, Karl Malone represents a similar outlier, playing only 49 games and still winning MVP in 1998-99. Maybe there is hope?

Kamil Skwarek
Kamil Skwarek on Feb 8, 2015 9:37 PM said:

The 1998-99 season was actually a lockout shortened season so Malone's season has an asterisk next to it. When talking about Durant I don't think you can ever count him out! Voters value end of season performance much higher too.