Everybody who knows anything about the NBA is expecting big things out of Kevin Durant this year. After a 2010 that saw him end last season as the NBA’s scoring champion, finish second in MVP voting and then lead Team USA to a gold medal in the 2010 FIBA World Championship, the sky is the limit, metaphorically. He’s young, he’s really great and he’s so gosh darn nice that people can’t help themselves from thinking he’s the best player in the league. Not a bad spot to be in for a 22-year-old.
There is one guy, however, who isn’t shooting for the moon when it comes to Kevin Durant, and that’s — you guessed it — Kevin Durant. The typically modest superstar was typically modest when asked by The Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry about the prospects of taking home this season’s MVP.
“I don’t set individual goals like that,” Durant said. “The only goals I set for myself is to try to have a better season than I did last year. That’s about it. I don’t have to score more points, or get more rebounds or get more assists. But if I got better throughout the season is how I determine if I had a better season than last year.”
Geez, he’s good. It is like he knows exactly what basketball fans want to hear from their stars, and then he actually says it. Every. Single. Time. Amazing. It’s hard not to be enamored with the guy, even if we all know that to be such a huge success he has to have an ego somewhere in there. He’s just incredible at keeping it under wraps, and I think we can all agree that that’s pretty cool.
But back to the MVP talk, that I’m sure Durant doesn’t even want to hear. Sure, he’s not setting the goal for himself. That’s out of character. However, as we learned yesterday, NBA GMs made him their preseason pick for Most Valuable Player. What’s he think of that?
“I mean, it’s cool but it doesn’t really mean too much,” Durant said.
Always on point, this guy. And he’s totally right. I’m sure it’s flattering to be called the best player in the league by the guys who make all the decisions, but when it comes down to it, big whoop. Kevin Durant knows that he’s the only one who determines how successful he is, not a bunch of dudes who have been known to make some pretty bad choices filling out a survey for a website.
Of course, now that he’s mentioned how all he wants to do is get better, he’ll probably go out and win the MVP. Typical Kevin Durant.