74 Reasons to Get Excited for the 74th NBA Season: Reason 60

Kevin Durant seeks third straight scoring title

He’s an offensive powerhouse. Kevin Durant, at a young age of 22 years old, possesses some of the most deadly offensive skills this game as seen in recent history. Having a 6’9″ 215 lb. frame allows Durantula to operate in a number of ways on the court. He’s able to hit his silky smooth jump shots – including from three-point land (35% last season) – when undersized players are forced to check the lengthy monster he is. When bigger players are matched up against KD, he has the ability to drive past his defenders, getting to the rim (8.7 free throw attempts per game last season) or creating his own shot from anywhere on the court. Some questioned the kid’s frame coming into the league, but after putting up 20.3 points per game in his rookie season, the talks quickly faded away. He’s been a scoring juggernaut throughout his brief four-year NBA career with the Oklahoma City Thunder, averaging 25.9 points per game. His career-high 30.1 points per game in the 2009-10 season were tops in the league, earning Durant his first ever scoring title. His total of 2,472 points were the most in the league since Kobe Bryant (2,832) and LeBron James (2,478) in the 2005-06 season. He followed up that performance with a league-leading 27.7 points per game last season, capturing back-to-back scoring titles by a player for the first time since Bryant accomplished the feat from 2006-07. Durant has an opportunity to be included with some of the League’s greatest with a third straight scoring title. Michael Jordan was the latest to achieve those accolades over the course of 1996-98. MJ also recorded an unthinkable seven straight scoring titles from 1987-1993, something to marvel and look at in astonishment. Now Durant has the opportunity to add his name to the list of scoring champs in three consecutive seasons, and while he’s just about to crack the age of 23, the young Texas grad has a legitimate shot at doing so.

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