There is no better scorer on the planet right now than Kevin Durant. Amazingly however, Durant’s 52-point game vs. Dallas Friday night was just the second time in his career that he scored over 50 points in a game.
Another amazing thing about Durant’s 52-point game from Friday night was that he didn’t even play all that great. Durant struggled shooting 13-of-31 from the field but would make up for that by going 21-for-21 from the free throw line. The point being: Durant could have scored more, much more.
What is Durant’s points ceiling in an NBA game? Wilt scored 100, Kobe 81 and Jordan 69. How high could Durant go?
We’ll say that 100 is out of the question in today’s NBA. Even 81 seems a bit impossible. But the 70’s could be something Durant hits one day if it all comes together for him on one night.
Durant obviously has the potential to score in a multitude of ways. He can get to the line 20-plus times and make every free throw like he showed last night. That would be something essential to repeat again if he goes for a huge scoring number.
Durant can really heat up from beyond the arc in a game as well. He has the ability to knock down 10-plus threes in a game if he is really feeling it. Durant has concentrated on other parts of his game besides 3-point shooting lately but if he ever really gets it going from deep, he’ll keep shooting until he misses.
This season Durant has become incredibly efficient scoring 2-pointers as well. He’s shooting 52.0 percent from the field this season which is a crazy number for him. He’s one of the best long midrange jump shooters in the league, something that is also ideal for a big scoring night. He’s also getting better and better scoring in the paint while on the drive and from the post.
Envisioning the perfect scoring night from Durant would definitely start with him knocking down a few jumpers early. He’d also be getting some fast break run outs and consistently reaching the free throw line all night.
Another key to a huge scoring night for Durant would be someone making him mad. Let’s say he gets fouled hard by a Reggie Evans-type of guy early in the game and then decides he’s going to go off.
There will be that moment when Durant pulls up for three 6-7 feet behind the 3-point line, a range that only he has and he will make it with unbelievable ease.
The game will come to a close with Durant living at the line. It will have to be a close game however otherwise Durant will sit or decide to let up on the gas.
Imagine a line something like 20-for-32 from the field, 10-for-13 from three and 20-for-20 from the free throw line. That would be 70 points. Couldn’t you see Durant maybe doing this to the Houston Rockets or someone in the near future?
It’s fun to think about Durant’s potential to score 70 or more in a game. But right now, his career high sits at just 52. But that 52-point game was Durant not even close to his best.