Welcome to the spotlight Kevin Durant.
The former U-T star has taken Oklahoma City by storm and everyone’s taken notice.
Nobody expected the 8th-seeded Thunder to be tough match-up against the defending champ Los Angeles Lakers in the opening round of the playoffs. But here we are, series tied at 2 heading back to L. A. with the Lakers trying to figure out how to contain Durant.
KD has taken center stage during the playoffs. After capturing the regular season scoring title, the youngest to do so, Durant’s game has risen to that of superstar status.
He’s averaging 26.8 points per game against the Lake Show and holding his own against Kobe Bryant. And to think when Durant entered the league, everyone thought he wouldn’t be tough enough to handle the style of play. I’m guessing that question’s been answered.
What’s amazing is the Thunder could easily be up 3-1 after taking the Lakers to the limit in Game 2. When the series shifted to the Ford Center for Game 3 and 4, the home cooking was served to the Thunder’s liking. OKC dominated the Lakers, showing everyone they’re no fluke.
Leading the way is one of the league’s best all around players. Durant has displayed all the tools necessary to become the best player on the court. Scoring, rebounding, you name it he can do it. And now, everyone knows it.
What’s scary is OKC’s the youngest team in the NBA and have plenty of draft picks coming their way in the near future. They’re only going to get better, younger and quicker. So the next NBA powerhouse may not be along the coast, but instead located in America’s heartland.
And basketball’s newest superstar will be holding court for all to see.
Written by C. James