You don’t have to be a Thunder fan to understand and appreciate just how special Kevin Durant is. From the incredibly strong but lanky frame, to the unbelievable ball handling for a guy who is nearly seven foot tall – Durant is one impressive basketball player. Against the Phoenix Suns, he aims to add to that “impressiveness”.
The Oklahoma City Thunder forward has always been able to score the basketball. He has one of the most impressive jump shots the league has seen in many years, and Durant has evolved his offensive (and defensive) game each and every year he has been in the league.
He has always had the range on his shot, being able to spot up from almost anywhere in the front court. Over time he has added the crossover dribble into the shot, the one legged step back (patterned after Dirk Nowitzki) and the “float across the lane and shoot it back over my right shoulder” shot. The guy never stops working on his game and ways to improve himself and his team.
While this current streak of 25+ point games is getting headlines, the overall appreciation for what Kevin Durant can do with a basketball is also gathering momentum. No longer is he just a shooter, he is a scorer, a playmaker and a defender. Sounds all too familiar.
The guy who Durant is aiming to surpass for consecutive number of games with 25+ points is Michael Jordan – widely revered as the best to ever lace them up and play this game. While MJ and Durant are by no means a direct comparison – both physically and in terms of career achievements (yet) – the all around game is remarkably similar. Durant can flat out score and Jordan was a supreme offensive player. KD can shoot the long range ball better, but Jordan had the mid-range fadeaway and post game.
While these two are very much different, they are so similar as well. Clutch performers, hard workers, also wanting to improve, superstars. What Kevin Durant is doing this season is remarkable – and it is something we haven’t seen since MJ himself – now THAT has to speak volumes.
This streak has highlighted just how far Durant has come. It is not a comparison of player nor career, but to hold any record alongside (or surpass) the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) is not taken lightly. For those who have watched Durant this season, you are getting a taste of what it was like to watch Michael Jordan in his prime.
We shouldn’t make more out of this streak than need be – but we shouldn’t take it for granted either. We are witnessing a very special young man, do very special things. Sit back and enjoy the show.