Kevin Durant: Is Oklahoma City a Big Enough Stage for the Next NBA Superstar?

March 8th, 2010 by Amar Panchmatia Leave a reply »
There are a few things to keep in mind when you are watching your next Kevin Durant highlight on ESPN's "Sportscenter."

First, Durant—the blossoming young superstar out of the University of Texas —is only 21-years-old. Second, he is only in his third season in the league after pulling a one-and-done deal with the Longhorns in 2006-07.

Third, his numbers at this age and stage of his career (29.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 47.7 percent shooting from the field through Sunday) are comparable with the game's current "golden boy," LeBron James. When James was in his third season in the league at age 21, he averaged 31.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.6 steals on 48 percent shooting.

James, with his 6.6 assists in his third season, was the better passer, but Durant—with his 37.8 percent three-point mark and 88.3 percent free throw percentage—is a better shooter than LeBron was back then.

Both Durant and James are listed as small forwards. And although it has not become official yet, Durant will probably make the playoffs for the first time this season, his third year in the NBA. LeBron also cracked the league' ...

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