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.
At 21, he was the youngest player to win a scoring title. Before turning 24, he had already won two more.
When LeBron James became the youngest player to eclipse the 20,000-point mark last January, Heat teammate Dwyane Wade, somewhat ironically given the recent social media rift between him and Durant, had this to say: "Hopefully (LeBron) can hold it for a little while before Kevin Durant comes and snatches it."
Durant's hoops résumé still contains a glaring hole: Zero championships. And in an age when NBA legacy arguments often center on that particular stat, no one is more aware and focused on changing that than Durant.
There's still loads of time: Shaq didn't win his first title until he was 26. LeBron and Jordan didn't win their first until they were 27. These days, that trio has a combined 12 rings (and still counting, in LeBron's case).
But nothing is promised.
"We're really confident that we can (win it all),” Durant said Friday. “We're not going to come in and say, ‘We can't win it all, we don't have enough.' We're a confident group of guys, we're an experienced group of guys. So, yeah, I think (we can win it).”
But title talk aside, and even if he never wins one, Durant has carved out a lasting reputation in his six years in the league.
“Kevin wants to be the best,” Thunder center Kendrick Perkins said. “He wants to be the best player in the NBA. I watch him, I watch him work, how he goes about it. He could literally play basketball for eight hours a day, every day, pickup all day long. That's what he loves to do.”