Oklahoma City Thunder: 17 years, $221 million, 30,016 points — those are Kobe-crazy numbers

The Thunder has a youngster, Kevin Durant, who might very well surpass those figures in the future.
By John Rohde Published: December 8, 2012
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photo - Los Angeles' Kobe Bryant (24) and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) stand next to each other during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. Oklahoma City won, 114-108. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Los Angeles' Kobe Bryant (24) and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) stand next to each other during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. Oklahoma City won, 114-108. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

In addition, Durant had 129 games of 30-plus points in his first five seasons compared to 42 for Bryant.

Durant now has 10,517 career points. Could he someday join Bryant at the 30,000-point plateau?

“Yeah, just continue to fill 'em up the way he has been, I think he can,” Bryant said. “I'm not a mathematical person by any stretch of the imagination so I can't calculate how many years it would take or what he'd need to average, but it seems possible.”

At his current career average of 26.3 points per game, it would take Durant roughly 14 seasons to reach the 30,000-point club, which would be more than two years quicker than Bryant reached the mark.

Bryant and Durant were teammates last summer for Team USA at the Summer Olympics in London and both players repeatedly have shown mutual respect toward each other.

But on Thursday, the 24-year-old Durant playfully referred to Bryant as an “old fart.”

Was that OK with Bryant?

“That's about accurate,” Bryant said with a smile. “And I call him Similac (baby formula).”

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