Big shocker here folks. I guess that Kevin Durant guy is pretty good at basketball. Absolutely no one thought that he would take home the MVP this year. Oh wait, that’s right, literally everyone did, because Durantula, to quote my boy Stephen A Smith, is a badddd man. Like I really don’t think people appreciate exactly how good he is. Yea I know he won MVP, and everyone acknowledges that he is the best scorer on the planet, but somehow we still manage to underestimate him. It’s not just that can he average 30 a night, its how fucking easy he makes it look, because to him, it is that easy. The video below really does a great job of showing all aspects of his game. After the intro where Stephen A Smith talks about his game, which last until the 2:18 mark, it starts showing his 3 point capability. Pay attention to how effortlessly he just drains 3 after 3 after 3. And its not like they are all wide open 3’s, most are pulling up on the run, breaking someone down on the top of the key before popping from wherever he wants, with a hand in his face, or a step back. Sometimes all four of those combined into one super-human play. Then we get a little dose of how he can do the exact same things I just talked about, but from mid-range. Then we see how much he has improved his passing ability over the last couple years. He has increased his APG by an assist in each of the last four seasons, which now sits at a pretty 5.5 per game. After the assists, we move on do him basically just cramming on people all over the place. Just handing out more facials than spa’s on Mother’s Day. After dunk city, we see how easily he finishes at the rim when he doesn’t feel like dunking it. Finally we see his post game, which is, you guessed it, just as deadly as every other offensive weapon he has in his repertoire. And the entire time we can see the handles he has, despite being 6’10 with a fucking 7’6 wingspan (let that sink in), on full display. Lebron might be the biggest freak of nature in terms of athleticism on the planet, which allows him to simply put his head down and flat out get to the rim no matter how many people are in his way, but there is simply not a more dangerous man with the ball in his hands than Kevin Durant, and I would argue that there never has been, no disrespect to any of the all time greats.
The scariest part about all of this is that Durant is only 25 years old. It’s a generally accepted notion that 27 is the “coming of age” year for a player, and that their “prime” lasts from ages 28-32, as long as they are able to stay healthy. So Durant is still 3 years away from his prime. Ridiculous to think about. One more thing to think about before I finish this ode to Durantula. Since he has turned 21, he is averaging 29.2 a year, finishing this past year with a cool 32 a game. Given those numbers, I would think that is completely fair to assume he can average 31 a game until he is AT LEAST 34, assuming he stays healthy. And in the last 4 or 5 years that he would probably play, again assuming he stays healthy, I don’t see why he couldn’t easily be getting 28 a game. So if you add all those points up, Kevin Durant would end his NBA career with somewhere around 48,000 points. Just to put that into perspective, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, AKA the all-time leading scorer in NBA history, finished his career with 38,387 points. Is it a guarantee that Durant can put up those averages I project for him? No. He could get hurt. There could be a lockout somewhere down the road. He could pull a Roy Hibbert and just forget how to play basketball. But its also not by any means out of the realm of possibility to think that he can pull that off. Being the all time scoring leader by 10,000 points is an absurd think to think about. There’s countless players who never even scored 10,000 total points in their entire career, led alone lead all other scorers by that many. 48,000 might be a stretch, but I am making my claim right now and telling you that when all is said and done, Kevin Durant will surpass Kareem as the all time leading scorer in NBA history. Here’s to you, Durantula. Congrats on the MVP. The league is yours for the ruling if you so choose.