Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant Still in Pursuit of Elite Statistical Club
It’s no secret that Kevin Durant is a superstar and is the leader of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He’s one of the few undeniable superstars in the NBA and his performance backs that up. Durant is averaging 28.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks per game this season and has a 27.9 Player Efficiency Rating. However, it’s his percentages this season that are historically great.
In the history of the league there are only seven players that have played in 70 or more games and that have shot at or above 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three point range and 90 percent from the free throw stripe. Dirk Nowitzki, Larry Bird, Steve Nash, Jose Calderon, Mark Price, Steve Kerr and Reggie Miller are the only players in history to do it, with Bird and Nash accomplishing this feat multiple times. Durant is threatening to become the eighth member of that club.
With just a handful of games remaining in the Thunder’s season, Durant is shooting 50.3 percent from the field, 40.6 percent from long range and 91 percent from the foul line. That’s absolutely remarkable considering how much defensive focus opponents place on him. If Durant does it, he will also have the second-highest points-per-game average of anyone in that club, trailing only Bird in the 1987-1988 season.
If Durant is able to maintain his incredible levels of efficiency this season, it will obviously put him in rare air in regards to the history of the league. The craziest part about that, as is always the crazy part when it comes to Durant, is that Durant is still just 24 years old. He’s still a solid three years away from his prime and he’s already doing incredible things like this. If that’s the case, the thought of what he will be doing in a couple of years is absolutely awe-striking.