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Old 04-16-2013, 06:16 PM   #1
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Default Kevin Durant 2013: 28 PPG, 8 RPG, 5 APG, 51/42/91

Save the bitching about FT's, being babied by the refs, etc. for another thread. I'm going into Durant stan mode for a minute.

This is the season of LeBron and the Heat, and rightfully so. They'll win the title barring an injury to LeBron, and LeBron is far and away the best player on the planet. I'm not starting this thread to try and argue that Durant is as good or better than LeBron, he's not, and never will be more than likely.

However....Durant is 24 years old and is wrapping-up his 6th season. He may play a quarter or two tomorrow night, I don't know what Scott Brooks plans to do with the main guys since the game has no meaning, so these averages could come down a tiny bit if he plays a quarter and goes for something like 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist. But ignore that for a minute. Durant just put the finishing touches on a 60 win, 1st in the West season with these averages:

28.1 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.4 SPG, 1.3 BPG, .510/.416/.905, 64.7% TS, 55.9% eFG

Only higher scoring 50/40/90 season is Bird's 30 PPG season in 1988. And Bird had a 28.1 PPG 50/40/90 season in 1987. But that's it. It could be market size, LeBron's season, Westbrook's play post All-Star Break (I'd argue Westbrook was better than Durant in March and deserved POTM over KD, but that's another debate), Carmelo going off down the stretch, or the Kobe injury and Lakers drama...whatever the reason, it seems like Durant has kind of become an afterthought as the season winds down.

This thread may not get any replies, and that's fine. I figured I'd remind people just how good of a season he just had and, barring injury, he could be 3-4 years away from peaking.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:17 PM   #2
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Default Re: Kevin Durant 2013: 28 PPG, 8 RPG, 5 APG, 51/42/91

yeah he got a lot of FTs and gets babied by the refs to get those numbers, don't care.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:18 PM   #3
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He is not nearly as good as those numbers.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:19 PM   #4
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:20 PM   #5
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yeah he got a lot of FTs and gets babied by the refs to get those numbers, don't care.


April 13 posters with that quality.

Durant is having a monster season, its weird how its basically going un noticed by the media.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:21 PM   #6
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yeah he got a lot of FTs and gets babied by the refs to get those numbers, don't care.

This.

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He is not nearly as good as those numbers.

This.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:21 PM   #7
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:22 PM   #8
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He is not nearly as good as those numbers.


Explain that one to me. He's led his team to the best record & #1 seed in the west while statistically having his most dominant season ever.

He's improved his playmaking greatly & has become even more of a threat with the ball in his hands than ever before
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:23 PM   #9
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He is not nearly as good as those numbers.

Oh yea? Please enlighten.

Durant's year is probably the best runner up MVP season since 93 Jordan.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:24 PM   #10
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April 13 posters with that quality.

Durant is having a monster season, its weird how its basically going un noticed by the media.
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Great season, terrific player. Unfortunately, I think many have realized this season that his style of play is, surprisingly, quite boring. He's not turning out to be the flag-bearer some had hoped for.

Looking solely at output though, this has gotta be one of the best non MVP seasons of all time.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:26 PM   #13
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If Lebron had never been born, Durant would be considered the best player in the game and would probably be gearing up to collect his second MVP. But like Karl Malone before him, it just isn't in the cards for him.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:31 PM   #14
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He is not nearly as good as those numbers.
Please, explain.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:31 PM   #15
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He is not nearly as good as those numbers.
You're kidding, right?

Great season for the kid. If he gets better defensively next year, he would be a lock for MVP.
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