Melo is certainly the MVP front-runner to this point. The Knicks unexpected start has established his name in the race this year, and with continued success he'll have a great shot at it.
LBJ will be best player in the league, as long as he's healthy, for the next decade -- but remember the "MVP-fatigue" that voters go through, where they want to vote for anyone else but the presumptive favorite.
Let me just go ahead and destroy this entire Melo over Durant argument.
OKC is +12.1 ppg with Durant on the floor.
New York is +14.0 ppg with Melo on the the floor
OKC is -12.7 ppg with Durant off of the floor
New York is +0.0 ppg with Melo off the floor
Durant has a net of +24.9pp100
Melo has a net of +14.0pp100
Durant is averaging 25/11/5/2/2 63 TS%, has an ORTg of 113 and 97 DRTg. This on a team with an ORTg of 109.5 and a DRTg of 102.5.
Melo is averaging 24/8/2 53 TS%, has an ORTg of 106 and a DRTg of 101. This on a team with an ORTg of 111.5 and a DRTg of 99.8. Melo has a worse DRTg, ORTg, TS%, eFG%, FG%, and 3FG% than his teams AVERAGE.
Want to bring up clutch play?
Durant is shooting 56% in crunch time and has TS% of 67.0%
And for all of this "Melo dominating on both ends of the court", give me a break
Melo is getting dominated by opposing PF's in comparison with Durant. He has a 50.4 eFG% while giving up 50.8 eFG%. Opposing PF's are shooting 42% in ISO vs melo, a staggeringly high number. Sure he has a nice edge in points, at +14.2 ppg, but a +5.2 PER margin is barely noticeable.
Let's compare these numbers with someone like Durant who has absolutely torched opposing PF's.
Durant's averaging 45 pp48 on 62.5 eFG% while giving up only 15.5 pp48 on 43.8 eFG%. He has a massive pp48 advantage of +29.5 and an absurd +35.3 difference in PER. And opposing players are shooting a laughably 23% in ISO vs Durant.
So while Melo may boast some awesome create turnover rate, the fact of the matter is that Durant has far more of a defensive impact on the game. And when you consider he's leading the entire league in defensive rebounding and DRTg, there's no comparison.
LOL @ going hard in a Nov. MVP discussion thread. You rule!