Oklahoma City Thunder: A look at what Kevin Durant's accomplished in his first 25 years

Kevin Durant turns 25 on Sunday, and the numbers he's put up before hitting the quarter-century mark are staggering.
by Anthony Slater Published: September 28, 2013
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photo - Kevin Durant poses for photos during media day with the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Thursday September  27, 2013. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
Kevin Durant poses for photos during media day with the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Thursday September 27, 2013. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

Kevin Durant has 4,479 more points than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had by his 25th birthday.

He has played in 302 more games than Robert Parish had by his 25th birthday.

And he has one more scoring title than both Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain had by their 25th birthdays.

Those four NBA legends went on to set nearly unattainable league records. Abdul-Jabbar played until he was 41, racking up an absurd 38,387 points. Parrish played until he was 43, appearing in 1,611 games. Jordan and Chamberlain each finished with 10 scoring titles.

So no one, at least to this point, is predicting that Durant, who turns 25 on Sunday, will eclipse any of those marks.

But the numbers he's put up before hitting the quarter-century mark — 12,258 points, 461 games, three scoring titles — remain staggering. Especially considering most athletes don't hit their athletic prime until around 27 or 28.

“He's 25 years old and he comes back better every year,” Scott Brooks said. “And he's probably going to be like that for four or five more years. He's accomplished a lot. The thing I love about him, he's not satisfied with what he has accomplished so far. He wants to keep pushing the envelope.”

Durant showed up to camp a bit bulkier, his shoulders a bit broader. When prodded about particular offensive moves he worked on over the summer, he offers a revealing smile but no specifics.

The Thunder's first practice of the season started at 10 a.m. Saturday. Durant was already in the gym by 7:30.

“He has something that really separates him,” Brooks said. “There's a lot of talent in this league, but he has that work ethic that's unmatched … That's what makes him really special.”

Somewhat amazingly, this is already his seventh year in the NBA (“It seems like just yesterday I was in high school,” he said). Durant has averaged at least 20 points in all of his first six seasons. Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Tim Duncan are the only other active players who can say that.


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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