Kevin Durant has been a truly elite talent for quite some time now.
Even dating back to his days as a Texas Longhorn more than a decade ago, Durant was nothing short of phenomenal. In what proved to be his first and only season at Texas, Durant averaged 25.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in 2006-07 en route to virtually every player of the year award and All-American honor imaginable.
Bearing in mind the often unstoppable force Durant was as a Longhorn, especially on the offensive end, CBS Sports’ Chris Barnwell ranked Durant as the best college player on the Warriors, ahead of Davidson product Stephen Curry, Washington State’s Klay Thompson, and Michigan State talent Draymond Green.
“Kevin Durant may have been a one-and-done at Texas, but his dominance as a scorer was already noticeable. He won the AP Player of The Year, NABC Player of The Year, Naismith Award, Wooden Award, and had defenses triple-teaming him. As a freshman.”
In the years since Durant donned burnt orange, not much has changed.
Now in his second season with the Golden State Warriors after nine years with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Durant has been named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2008, a nine-time NBA All-Star selection and five-time All-NBA First Team Selection, with two more coming on the All-NBA Second Team. Furthermore, Durant has led the league in scoring four times (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014), earned MVP honors in 2014, and most recently, helped guide Golden State to an NBA Championship in 2017, where he was honored as the NBA Finals MVP.
With such a resume to date, not only is Durant considered the top collegiate talent on Golden State’s roster, but he’s widely regarded as one of the top three players in the NBA, as well as one of the most lethal scorers in NBA history with a career scoring average of 27.1 points per game.
The scary part, at least for every team not named the Warriors?
The highly-accomplished Durant is still in the prime of his career, lighting up scoreboards across the NBA, just as he did during his days at Texas.
The post Kevin Durant named the best college player on the Golden State Warriors, per CBS Sports appeared first on Diehards.
Thank you for reading the Dayton Daily News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.
Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Dayton Daily News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.