4. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
STATS: 28.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 6.2 apg, 1.0 bpg, 51.0 FG%, 35.8 3P%
With Steph Curry back in the lineup, Durant isn’t being asked to do as much offensively. Instead, he’s been filling the stat sheet and focusing on his efficiency. This month, Durant is averaging 25 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.4 assists, while shooting 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three and 93.3 percent from the free-throw line.
On Monday night, Durant passed Larry Bird to reach No. 33 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. That’s pretty incredible considering he just turned 30 years old in September. After passing Bird, Durant admitted he was excited about the achievement.
“Hell yeah,” Durant said. “Somebody texted me after the game and showed me a screenshot, and I was giddy like a little kid… Knowing the legend – Larry Legend – and to be amongst the greats, that’s all you really want to do. It’s a great accomplishment, but I’ll keep going.”
Durant is right, he will keep going. In fact, he’s just seven points away from passing Gary Payton, who’s No. 32 in career points. Durant has scored in double-figures in every game this season, so he’ll very likely move to No. 32 on Wednesday when the Warriors face the Utah Jazz. From there, he’ll be pursuing No. 31 Clyde Drexler (22,195).
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