Durant currently leads the league in scoring, as he has in each of the past three seasons. The sixth-year Oklahoma City Thunder forward carries a career average of 26.6 points per game, and this year is shooting over 50% from the field for the first time.
Amid questions about his strength (he reportedly could not bench press
185 pounds a single time at the pre-draft combine), Durant was still selected No. 2
overall by the Seattle Supersonics in 2007. That season he went on to average
over 20 points per game and win Rookie of the Year, before moving with
the team to Oklahoma City.
Even after losing James Harden the Thunder still have the second-best record in the league, and they will take on the revamped Memphis Grizzlies tonight in the first game of TNT's doubleheader.
Of course, Durant's success in the NBA didn't come as much of a surprise. At 6-foot-9 with a wingspan of 7-foot-4, Durant averaged over 25 points per game in his only season at Texas and became the first freshman to sweep the postseason Player of the Year awards.
But in high school it wasn't until Durant's senior season at Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.)
, after attending Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
and National Christian Academy (Fort Washington, Md.)
, that he truly emerged as a superstar.
Take a look at Durant's high school career (and his chemistry with a pretty famous teammate) in the Way Back When below.
When it comes to flat-out scoring, it's hard to put anyone in the NBA above Kevin Durant.