Kevin Durant received "MVP" chants during his career-high 54-point performance on national TV Friday night against the Golden State Warriors, but the Oklahoma City Thunder star is not focusing on potentially winning the award.
“It’s premature,” Durant said. “It’s still early in the season. I try not to think about that type of stuff. Of course, as a player, you would love to win the MVP award. But I can’t think about that. I can’t take my focus off the team.
"Every day I got to just keep chipping away and keep enjoying the process and we’ll see what happens.”
In his seventh NBA season, Durant is putting up career-high stats across most major categories. He has averaged 30.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and five assists.
LeBron James and Durant are viewed as the leading candidates for MVP this season, with players such as Paul George and LaMarcus Aldridge in the mix.