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OKC Thunder: Scoring title or not, Kevin Durant is happy with regular-season finish

Durant's all-around improvement, not his 28-point average, is what has him satisfied with what he accomplished this year. Now it's on to the playoffs.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, Modified: April 27, 2012 at 11:11 am •  Published: April 26, 2012

James is the heavy favorite to win the MVP award, which would be his third in four seasons. But in many circles, Durant is considered every bit as deserving to take home his first MVP trophy. National analysts Steve Smith and Kurt Rambis are among several media members in recent days to have listed Durant as their choice for the award.

“I'm not just being biased, but he should be up there for MVP for the season that he had,” said Thunder center Kendrick Perkins. “But one thing about KD is he's all about team and he wants to win.”

Durant helped to lead the Thunder to a 47-19 record and the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. The Thunder will open the playoffs Saturday against the defending champion Dallas Mavericks, and many now consider Oklahoma City the favorite to come out of the West.

“We're going to go as far as he's capable of leading us,” said Thunder guard Derek Fisher of Durant. “But he doesn't want to go by himself. He wants us to come with him and go out there and play with passion and play hard, the same way he does every night. I'm looking forward to going into this postseason as a teammate of his.”