LeBron James: Durant deserves to win NBA MVP award Kevin Durant gets LeBron James' vote for MVP Mark D. Smith / USA TODAY Sports AP May 5, 2014 at 2:14p ET MIAMI (AP) -- LeBron James of the Miami Heat says Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant would be a deserving winner of the NBA MVP award. It's expected that Durant will be announced as this season's MVP later this week. James has lauded Durant's play this season several times in recent weeks, doing so again on Monday. James says: ''Much respect to him and he deserves it. He had a big-time MVP season.'' James is a four-time winner of the league's MVP award, taking the honor in each of the previous two seasons.