Here’s where we’re at: 14,851 points, 542 games, seven signature sneakers, five All-Star Games, and four scoring titles. After OKC’s devastating, season-ending loss to San Antonio, Kevin Durant told reporters he’s “at peace with himself” despite another Larry O’Brien-less summer; and while that’s a predictable response, not everyone will be so lenient. When will he win? That’s the important question, the only question left for Durant to answer. His career playoff numbers are staggering (per game: 42.3 minutes, 28.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.3 stocks— steals plus blocks), but so were Tracy McGrady’s and we all know how that turned out.
Whether we like it or not, whether he deserves it or not, KD will be questioned for deferring to Russell Westbrook down the stretch of Game 6, and for turning it over on a crucial last-second possession. Loud on-court criticism is coming for the first time.
One thing Durant can’t be criticized for, however, is his scoring. With the Slim Reaper at 25 years young, let’s just say Kareem is looking over his shoulder a little bit.
Fadeaways, post-ups, three-pointers from anywhere and everywhere, Durant isn’t afraid of defenders. He’s built for this. After watching the 6’11″ beanstalk terrorize the league every year of the Thunder’s existence, no one is disputing that. Here’s a closer look at how the best scorer in the world gets it done: