Straight to the rankings, posthaste:
1a. Kevin Durant (last week: 1)
You know the stats. Durant has scored at least 30 in seven straight games, and has done it 24 times this season, 11 more than No. 2 (LeBron James). But here’s what I was curious about: What are KD’s other numbers in those 30-point games? In those 24 games, Durant’s averaging 5.4 assists and 8.2 rebounds. Basically right in line with his season averages. What I found interesting there is, even on the nights where scoring becomes the focus of Durant’s game, where he shoulders the load offensively, he still maintains the rest of his game. It’s not like on the 30-point nights he averages 2.5 assists and pads that up in his 20-point ones. Durant’s basically the same player throughout. Just some nights he hits a few more shots than others.
But you know what’s sick? That Durant casually goes for 30-5-9 last night and it felt completely nonplussed. When you see 32 from Paul George, you go “Whoa, Paul George had 32 tonight!” but when Durant does it, it’s completely routine. That’s the mark of true greatness. When it takes 54 points to get your attention. Keep Reading…