Durant takes it to next levelApril 28th, 2011 at 4:27 pm by Roger Wallace under Sports
Kevin Durant has established himself as one of the best players in the NBA with two straight scoring titles to prove it. But the next step is a lot more about April thru June than November thru March, we’re talking playoffs.
Durant not only led Oklahoma City to their first ever playoff series win (since moving from Seattle) but stepped up huge down the stretch with big basket after big basket. Durant scored 41 points for the second time in the series and 16 of the 41 in the 4th quarter where the Thunder erased a nine point Nuggets lead. But think about Jordan, do you know how many scoring titles he has? How many MVP’s does he have? Everyone does know the number 6, as in 6 NBA titles. Kobe Bryant is in search of that 6th title and its amazing how the talk has intensified about Bryant’s place alongside Jordan in the history of greatest players.
Durant will score and score and score. In his four years in the NBA he has more than 8100 points This from a player that is still more than five months shy of his 23rd birthday. For perspective, Kareem Abdul Jabbar is the all time leading scorer with 38,387 points while Shaquille O’Neal is the leading active score with 28,596 points, followed by Bryant at 27,868.
But his legacy will be formed by what he can do in the post season. He has taken the first step with the series win over Denver, now he waits for the Spurs-Grizzlies winner for the next step.
By the way, Jordan owns 10 scoring titles and 5 MVP’s.