In the opening minutes of Oklahoma City’s game Tuesday night in Sacramento, Kevin Durant caught a pass at the right elbow, dribbled across the lane and drained a little 12-foot fade away. Like it was nothing.
With that Durant scored his 15,001st NBA point — at age 26 he is the second fastest to cross that milestone (to answer your question, LeBron James).
Durant is an effortless scorer. He has the handles to create space and he needs just a little, and being 6′ 10″ with freakishly long arms he can shoot over pretty much anyone. He can score in the post but has range out to well beyond the three point line. The bottom line is he scores a lot but he still does it efficiently.
We all marveled at Kobe Bryant passing Michael Jordan on the all-time NBA scoring list this week. If you’re looking for a player who could join that rarified air someday, Durant is your guy.