The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant has been named the Kia NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Month for January. This is the third time this season that Durant has received this honor, highlighting just how good of a season he is putting together.
Let’s have a look at some of the key stats over the month of January for Durant.
The Oklahoma City Thunder went 13-4 over the month for a win percentage of .765. Of the 17 games OKC played, Durant appeared in all but one of them (against the Boston Celtics as he rested a shoulder he landed heavily on). At one point in January, Durant had lead the Thunder to the best record in the NBA and they sit atop the Western Conference as well.
Without Westbrook from Christmas Day on – Durant took over and became “other worldly”. For January he averaged 35.9ppg while shooting an efficient .549%. He also turned the heat up on the defensive end averaging 1.63 spg. His hot shooting month saw him eclipse the 20 point mark in every game he played. He also hit for 30+ points 13 times and 40+ points on five occasions.
Against the Golden State Warriors on January 17, Kevin Durant torched the nets and scored a career high 54pts in a win. Huge victories over the San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trailblazers, Houston Rockets and Miami Heat showed just how impressive January was for Durant and the Thunder – coupled with a 10 game win streak through the tail end of the month.
Carmelo Anthony was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month.