NBA / Nov 11, 2008 / 3:15 pm

Kevin Durant will lead the NBA in scoring

Kevin DurantKevin Durant (photo. NBA)

Why will this be the best season ever?


Kevin Durant had a better rookie year than LeBron James.

Forget the numbers — where KD’s 20.3 points a night nearly matched Kid LeBron’s 20.9, where his 43 percent shooting from the field topped LeBron’s 41, where his 2.9 turnovers were better than LeBron’s 3.4 per game — and focus on all that Durant had going against him in his intro to the NBA.

With the Seattle Supersonics playing the entire year under the cloud of eventual relocation, Durant was asked to carry a franchise for which Disarray wasn’t even the word; it was full-on Disaster. The 19-year-old had a D-League supporting cast, a front office pulling a Major League-style tank job, a coach who hadn’t been in charge of an NBA game since Sprewell choked him out, and he was playing in front of a wounded fan base that gave Sonics home games a funereal atmosphere.

All that, and Durant still dropped 27 points on Shawn Marion in his second pro game; he still gave the Spurs and Lakers 25 apiece in back-to-back games in November, then hit for another 25 against the Celtics four weeks later; he still went for 30 in his first appearance at Madison Square Garden; he still scored 26 in the Sonics’ best showing of the year, a home win over the Spurs that snapped a 14-game losing streak; he still hung 37 on the Nuggets in a NBA Live 95 shootout where both teams combined for 298 points; he still nailed a 30-foot game-winner in Atlanta and stuck another game-winner over the Mavs in the Sonics’ last game at KeyArena; he still dropped 42 points in the regular season finale against Golden State. When other rookies hit the wall, Durant got better — he shot 52 percent from the field for the month of March, and 46 percent in April while averaging 24 points a night. And you’re trying to tell me Al Horford should have been Rookie of the Year?

This year, without all the bullshit and an actual future in front of him in Oklahoma City, Durant will flourish. He’s a year older, a year stronger, and his franchise is no longer a mess. Yes, the Thunder will still be among one of the worst teams in the League, but at least they’re trying to get better, and Durant will have the green light throughout the process. Over the summer KD added his name to D.C. playground lore when he posted 62 points in a Goodman League game at the legendary Barry Farms courts, a place that is a comfort zone for him. Seattle was never a comfort zone for Durant. Once OKC becomes that place, he’ll be a killer.

As a Seattle native and a Sonics fan, I can’t root for the Thunder. But I can pull for Kevin Durant to become the superstar he was supposed to become in my city, even if I want his squad to go 0-82.

Will Kevin Durant be the #1 player to emerge from the 2006, 2007 and 2008 draft classes?

The New “Best Season Ever”
1. Chris Paul will win MVP…
2. …but Paul Pierce will prove he’s the best player in the world
3. The Clippers are alive
4. Ron Artest will get some MVP votes
5. Vince Carter will give a damn
6. The return of rivalries
7. The NBA has never had so much young talent
8. You have to keep an eye on the Euroleague
9. Dwyane Wade is back

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  • heckler…formerly ‘yallallreadyknow’

    haha funny.
    he’ll lead the league in sot attempts….not PPG average

  • Big T

    Shit, I’d drop major buckets playing for OKC also. If he drops major buckets and leads that shitty team to the playoffs, then I’ll be impressed.

  • JJ

    How freaking stupid is Austin? Durant is NOWHERE NEAR King James. Just scoring lots of point does not make you a great player. There are other facets of the game which Durant and Austin haven’t grasped. And ohyeah, there is the simple matter of scoring efficiently.

    Seriously, I think in their hurry to pump out posts, the quality of writing on this site has really suffered.

  • http://dimemag.com Austin Burton

    @JJ — Bold prediction written before the season. Untie your panties.

  • TJ

    I think Lebron’s other stats (6 apg, 5.5 rpg, and 1.6 spg) are what made his rookie year better than Durant’s (2.5 apg, 4.4 rpg, and 1.0 spg).

    Oh, and the fact that the Cavs improved by 18 wins with Lebron and won more games (35 wins to 20 wins).

  • Sam I Am

    @ JJ

    I think in your hurry to get the hell out, you should


  • Drink the Haterade (KB24 Chip 09)

    I don’t know about those other classes. But I bet you Portland is thinking flashback to the 84 Draft. Could had the GOAT but already had Clyde. Drafted a big that never amounted to the hype. Fast Forward 2007 they already have Travis Outlaw and Martell Webster and the Draft Oden over KD. KD will be the bigger star of the two.

  • Michorizo

    I agree with JJ – I know the point of these points is to inspire comments, but seriously this article is plain stupid.

  • rootsradical

    listen to the Dime faithful catching feelings over one opinion. this article was pointless. to say he had a “better rookie year” than Lebron was unnecessary and an attempt to stir something up. once he leads his shitty team to the finals you can add “better” to any sentence that involve Lebron.

    that being said, he seems like a level headed kid with a TON of potential. i don’t get to see him play a lot because no TV station wants to touch his squad but anything i’ve seen from him i’ve been impressed. but i’ll leave it at that rather than making outlandish predictions for the sheer “shock” of it or to make my website seem more prolific.

    keep these going, they’re at least entertaining for the most part, but do us all a favour and get rid of the Rapper/Ballplayer posts. Rubbish.

  • that’s whats up

    Tony Parker will win the scoring title…….

  • http://ww.myspace.com/lilpenny23 JHov

    K.D. is having to fight Westbrook for the ball in OKC..that kid has never seen a shot he didn’t like

  • http://www.geocities.com/dimemag Dagomar

    TJ pretty muched summed it up. Better rookie year than Lebron? Not close.

    Will Durant lead the NBA in scoring someday? It’s possible, though he has significant weaknesses as an overall player (and even just a scorer) right now. Then again, what young player doesn’t – sure, that prediction can at least be called relatively reasonable. But I think the implication of this article is that Durant will lead the NBA in scoring this year, which is completely ridiculous. He’s not a top-10 scorer in the league right now, and his offense alone is one-dimensional and RAW. Come on.

  • http://www.dimemag.com A-Slam

    hey guys, lighten up, it’s a bold prediction, you can’t expect everyone to pop a woody over kobe bryant

  • TCL

    For real. If the topic was “LeBron James Will Lead The League In Scoring”, it wouldn’t be bold or have any comments left on it.

    For a 20 year-old kid Durant is BANANAS! He certainly has a chance to lead the league in scoring soon, even if it’s not this year.

  • Mark

    While there a chance he might be top scorer (if he ups his 3 %), I still don’t see how many of those reasons constitute to the ‘Best Season Ever’.

    I still think the best season (despite my Hornets going 18-64… bah!) was 2004-2005 strictly for the Brawl. It overshadowed anything happening with any sport, and spawned some conversation on the relationship between the fan and the athlete, etc etc.

    Don’t act like NBA Cares happened by chance. Dictator Stern hath thy hammer laid down.

  • doc

    One day not this year.

  • Magnifico

    hope oden plays up to his potential – – for the meantime KD takes best in his class. hmmm, maybe even if oden plays up to his worth, KD still might take the cake. His ceiling is that high.

    KD will lead the league in points someday but not this year. real bold prediction on that one. possible but not likely.

  • jay

    haha.. can’t you write something sensible?

  • Sam

    Yeah, this post is shite.

  • sans

    For 2006 and 2007 KD could be the best. Brandon Roy and Rudy Gay might come up though, and make 2006 look like a better draft. 2008’s too loaded. Literally 5 guys could come out of that draft and be better than KD (Beast, Rose, OJ, and pick another 2 cause there’s 8 more with huge upside).

  • sans

    NBA Cares has been around a long time…

  • QQ

    Durant’ a great baller, but I agree with most of the comments above. What the fuck is the point of an article if it just to stir debate without context?

    Come on, numbers alone can’t speak about a player. Everyone knows that. If that was ever the case, Kelly Tripucka (look him up) is better than Chris Paul.

    Fuck this ignorance.

  • http://dimemag.com Austin Burton

    @QQ — Exactly my argument about KD being more impressive as a rookie than LeBron. “Forget the numbers…”

  • QQ


    The third paragraph of the article was all about numbers, brother. I know you’re trying to make a point, but you really can’t compare KD’s rookie year to Bron.

    Bron had DARIUS MILES and RICKY BUCKETS at the start of the season, two of the most selfish boneheads in the NBA. But James had his team glued together even with those two; remember he was a point in his first few games, with Davis the primary scorer. He didn’t talk shit bout that. The Cav’s season started badly, but with the trades and Lebron’s unbelievable maturity, they just missed the 8th spot in the East, and Bron was clearly the leader of the team.

    Those are intangibles man. No numbers, no stats. Just stating the facts.

  • The Guru

    haha. seems this prediction wasn’t that stupid after all.