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DAR Sports: NBA Player Profile- Kevin Durant

By @TrueGodImmortal and @Tariku__



Today, we bring you a special NBA player profile, looking at the career and legacy so far of Kevin Durant. We will cover some of his high school and brief college career, as well as his tenure in the NBA. True and Tye discuss his career in pieces, from his early start to his scoring ability to his future. Let's get into it.

@TrueGodImmortal
Kevin Durant, the DC native, started his basketball tenure with the AAU in Maryland, playing with future NBA players such as Greivis Vasquez, Mike Beasley, and Ty Lawson. In high school, he would play basketball for a few Christian schools, eventually gaining the All Met Basketball Player of The Year award for the Washington Post and MVP of the McDonalds All American Game in his senior year.



Durant decided to attend the University of Texas, and in his freshman season, he ended up averaging 25.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per game and became the first freshman to win the Naismith College Player of the Year award. He decided to leave Texas after his freshman season and go into the NBA Draft, and with his numbers, he was destined to be a high draft pick. He was selected as no. 2 overall pick in the draft by the Seattle Supersonics and from there, his career kicked off incredibly. He won the Rookie of The Year award, averaging 20.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in his first NBA season. Tye, you have any more fond memories of KD's rookie season?



@Tariku__
Kevin Durant. The Hometown boy. 4X NBA scoring champion, 2008 NBA Rookie of the Year, and the 2014 Most Valuable Player. The Longhorn alumnus came into the league swinging after being drafted by the Seattle Supersonics. I remember a game where he scored his first game winner in Double OT against the Hawks, 126-123 back in 2007. The legacy had begun. In the last game of his rookie season against the Warriors, Durant totaled 42 points, and managed to shoot 72% from the field. Even though I didn't know much about basketball statistically at the time, I knew shooting above 50% was a respectable feat, especially for a rookie.



@TrueGodImmortal
As the Sonics changed over to the Thunder and relocated to Oklahoma City, Durant came into his own as a top tier player, helping to lead the Thunder to the playoffs in the 2009-2010 season before losing to the Lakers in the first round, as well as earning his first scoring title that year. He would then follow it up with yet another scoring title in the 2010-2011 season, leading the Thunder back to the playoffs and to the conference finals, before losing to the Mavericks(the eventual NBA champions).


@Tariku__
Durant has always been known for his ability to put up major point totals from time to time, but in his third season, he began to do it on a routine basis. From games 27-40, Durant put together one of his most impressive streaks, scoring at least 30 points in 12 out of 14 games (nine of those resulting in Thunder wins). Over this stretch, Durant averaged 32.7 PPG and 7.4 RBG while shooting an outstanding 55% and 53% from three. The brother had my full respect up to that point. I also remember Durant's first 50 point performance against the Nuggets while shooting 68%. It doesn't even surprise me that the brother is the youngest to be a scoring champion. Aside from just regular NBA play, Durant also broke scoring records in the 2010 FIBA Tournament and the 2012 Olympics.



@TrueGodImmortal
In more recent years, Durant has made a huge splash, leading the Thunder to the NBA Finals in the 2012 playoffs, only to suffer an unfortunate loss to the Miami Heat. He earned his 3rd straight scoring title that season however, and set his sights on a 2012-2013 victorious season. The Thunder got off to a great start and ended up winning first seed in the West, but an injury to Westbrook proved drastic, as the Thunder ended up losing in the second round to the Memphis Grizzlies. He bounced back the following season, earning his first MVP award, and his 4th scoring title. Unfortunately, the Spurs would end up knocking the Thunder out the playoffs in the Conference Finals, but regardless, KD's legacy continues to grow. With outstanding performances over the year and continued success, he has solidified himself as one of the best players of this era. I can only imagine what is next for him as he improves. The future seems bright for him, doesn't it Tye?




@Tariku__
True, you are correct, Kevin Durant has pretty much done it all. The only thing he's yet to accomplish is hoisting that O'Brien trophy in the air. I hope he does one day. It'll be even sweeter if he wins it wearing a Washington Wizards jersey. Time will only tell. #KC2DC2016, right True?


@TrueGodImmortal
I'm on the fence about Durant going to the Wizards actually, Tye. I feel like Westbrook will leave the Thunder before he does to be honest. I think Durant sees the franchise with the Thunder and while playing for the hometown team would be ideal for just about everybody, I think Durant wants to win a ring with OKC. Regardless, this upcoming season is exciting and I see promising things for Durant and the Thunder, I just hope KD stays healthy.



-DAR 

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