By Craig Fields
Can you smell-lel-lel-lel-lel what Durant is cooking? Well how about I tell you what was on the menu last Sunday night. That night Chef Kevin has 32 points, glazed with 10 rebounds, followed by 12 assists, with four blocks and four steals for dessert to complete the 113-103 victory entree over the Timberwolves.
With those numbers Kevin Durant is sitting in elite company with only one other person. An exclusive club that only members two. Kevin Durant and Michael Jordan. These two are the only two players to have at least 30 points, 10 boards, 10 assists, four assists, and four steals in a single game.
I think the reason why this feat is impressive, more than anything, is because this effort came in a win. He seemed to do everything his team needed to get the W. At the end of the day that is all that matters to this guy. He will leave it all out there on the floor every night.
He is only 25. That fact is the most amazing of all. He has always shown a level of maturity since entering the NBA in 2007, and has flourished into a magnificent basketball player. If not for the dominance of one, Lebron James, would we not say that Kevin Durant is the next great player of his generation?
Oh, in case you were wondering about MJ’s numbers, 36 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, four blocks and four steals came in a 115-98 rout of the Denver Nuggets in 1988.
I am in no way saying that Kevin Durant and Michael Jordan are comparable, but in this aspect they undoubtedly are. They have two different styles and body types. One thing that is unmistakable, however, is that they both have/had the desire to win and they would do anything to assure their team a victory.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are currently 9-0 at home and are on a 7-game winning streak. Despite the woes of their bench, the dynamic duo of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant continue to keep chugging right along. How far can they take OKC? This, ladies and gents, is a story that has yet to be told.