Kevin Durant is a once in a lifetime type of talent. Listed at 6-foot-9, he can do it all. Here are ten reasons why the Oklahoma City Thunder should appreciate #35.
10. Scoring Champ three of the last four year
It is no doubt that Durant is one of the best scorers the NBA has ever seen. With his size, length, and athletic ability, he is able to score the ball with ease. That is the one thing that most people love about KD: he can make the game look so easy at times. His jump shot looks almost effortless and his length allows him to finish over any big at the rim. Had it not been for the many blowouts and practically giving Carmelo Anthony the scoring title last year, he would hold a streak of four consecutive scoring titles. In the coming years, look closely at Kevin Durant possibly threatening Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the record of the most points scored in a career.
With every great player, there should be a great shoe. Durant has had one of the more successful shoe brands under Nike. According to Forbes.com, Durant has the fourth best-selling shoe in the NBA behind LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Anthony. His shoes are very fashionable and affordable. Maybe he should consider avoiding low-top shoes (Kobe Bryant has always had ankle and foot problems throughout his career. He also sports low-top shoes).
8. Marketable, clean guy with a great personality
Everyone loves a clean guy. Girls included. Many of the basketball players have tattoos everywhere. Look at J.R. Smith and Chris “Birdman” Andersen.
This is the cool look. Kevin Durant does have tattoos but decided to keep them where his jersey is worn in games: his back and chest are covered with artwork. He has a great smile and keeps a clean haircut. He portrays himself as the regular guy who loves to play ball. On Instagram, he is found playing pranks, competing against friends playing 2k13, and dancing. How could you not want him as the face of your organization?!
7. Loves the game and always works on his craft
Kevin Durant is a gym rat. He can be seen anywhere across the country in a gym working on his game. He just loves to play the game of basketball. This is obvious after watching him torch people in summer games two years ago. He has been documented working out with LeBron. He loves the thought of getting better and you couldn’t ask for anymore out of a player.
6. Brought attention to the small market in OKC
Oklahoma City is a small market city. However, everyone pays attention to OKC now mainly because of the success Durant has brought to the city. These people love their Thunder and they love Durant!
5. 24 years old and will be able to produce for years to come
Durant is young. He has been in the league 6 years now, yet is only 24 years old. He is still approaching his prime years. That’s just scary. He is crazy good now but still has so much more room for improvement. Again, that is scary. The fact that Durant avoids injury and doesn’t over work his body for buckets is a plus for the Thunder organization. At this rate, he will be able to an effective scorer well into his thirties.
4. Understands the importance of having an aggressive Russell Westbrook
Critics often express their hate for the flaws of Mr. Westbrook. He shoots too much. He doesn’t defer to Durant. He is not a real point guard. He turns the ball over too much. The Thunder are better off without Westbrook.
These are all criticisms that have been thrown towards Westbrook. Through all the negativity, Durant supported Westbrook and expressed that the Thunder needed Westbrook to simply be Westbrook. The truth all came out when Westbrook went down in the playoffs and the Thunder struggled. Good call, KD.
3. 50-40-90 club
Steve Nash, Larry Bird, Mark Price, Reggie Miller, and Dirk Nowitzki. You can also add Kevin Durant to this list. They are the only players in NBA history that have shot 50% from the field, 40% from behind the arc, and 90% or better from the free-throw line. One thing in common with all these players is their ability to shoot the basketball. Not only can Durant score, he can do so efficiently. That is really what separates him from other scorers like Kobe and Melo.
2. Represented by Jay Z
The fact that he is represented by Jay Z speaks volumes about the player he is. Jay Z is at the top of rap game. KD is among the top in the NBA. Sounds like a great partnership to me.
Gary Payton to Seattle is equal to Kobe Bryant to the Lakers and Micheal Jordan to the Bulls. He is that one guy who changed the face of the organization. That one person you could never see in another uniform except the one they have always represented. Well, after six years, Seattle and OKC have been blessed with another player that could one day pass Gary Peyton as the most important figure of their organization. How canyou not love Kevin Durant?