Sunday, February 14, 2010

Move Over LeBron

"Really good," those were the only word Texas Tech coach Bob Knight could come up with after Texas Freshman, Kevin Durant, dropped 37 points on his team while also getting 23 rebounds... that was in 2007. Since then Durant has become one of the most prolific players in the NBA, averaging 29.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. I don't know if you can really call this a breakout year since he averaged 25.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season, but he is definitely on pace for a phenomenal NBA career.

Durant is currently in the middle of an amazing streak of consecutive 25-point games, he is at 25 consecutive games. NBA legend Michael Jordan currently hold the record which is 40 games, Durant is certainly well on his way there, but we need to see if opponents will try to shut him down with more authority in the weeks following the All-Star Weekend. Thus far, there has been very little respect toward Durant as far as defensive assignments go, he should be covered in much the same way Kobe and Lebron are, however most teams are sticking a single defender on him, and that strategy clearly hasn't stopped his dominance on the floor.

Durant participated in the 2nd annual All-Star H.O.R.S.E. game last night and defended his title from last year. He won in a shoot-off against fellow competitor Rajon Rondo due to time constraints, each took 3-pointers, and each miss was a letter. Tonight marks his All-Star game debut, he is playing for the Western All-Stars along side great NBA talent such as Melo, Dirk Nowitzki, and Steve Nash. Hopefully a surge of extraordinary talent around this gifted player really sparks something, and he has a huge game to really make people remember that he isn't going anywhere for a while.


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