When Kevin Durant was drafted by the Oklahoma Thunder (formerly the Seattle Supersonics) in 2007, it was implied that the execs were investing in the future of the team. Well, the future has arrived. Durant has come of age faster than most analysts expected.
At 6′-9″, he is still relatively thin and gangly by NBA standards, but Durant has all the makings of an MVP. He can shoot, drive the lane, get his teammates involved, and lift the play of everyone else around him. He’s having a dream season, averaging just under 30 points per game. And he’s the main reason why the Thunder are right in the middle of the playoff hunt in the Western Conference.
No one anticipated that Durant would be leading the Thunder to an impressive 23-18 record, especially after going 23-59 last season. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Durant wins the NBA MVP award this season. When he won the Rookie of the Year Award in 2007-2008, it was a definitive clue of things to come.
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