Kevin Durant: The NBA’s Premier Scorer

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May Alexander

DATE:
01/23/2014

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Averaging 38.1 points in his last 11 games, Kevin Durant has increased his scoring by eight points per game since his teammate, powerhouse in his own right Russell Westbrook, has been sidelined by injury. He has scored 30+ points in the last nine games, including four 40+ point games in the same stretch. Durant owns the four highest scoring games in the NBA this season, marking the first time since the 1988-89 season a single player has held that esteemed position. The other guy? Michael Jordan. Not bad company.

Since leaving the University of Texas, Durant has exploded onto the scene with a NBA career (so far) average of 27 points per game. Standing at 6’9” and weighing 240, Durant is a force in the paint, while his outside shooting style garners double teaming from all sides. Drafted second overall in the 2007 NBA draft to the Seattle Supersonics, who moved to Oklahoma City after his rookie year, Durant has created quite a stir in the NBA as a whole with three NBA shooting titles, an NBA rookie of the year award and an Olympic Gold Medal. What’s more is that his team, the Oklahoma City Thunder made it to the NBA Finals in the 2012 season, losing to the Miami heat in five games.

Since that time the Thunder have been fierce rivals to all-comers in the West, and currently sit at the top of the conference, one-half game ahead of the San Antonio Spurs, whom they beat last night 111-105, behind Durant’s 36 points. There has always been lots of talk about “the next Jordan” and although Kobe Bryant and Lebron James were able to fill some of that fodder, there is a place – a large one – at the table for Durant to dominate them both. Should his team become healthy again, and his personal growth continue, the Thunder will be hoisting a Championship trophy sooner than later.

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