Athlete Of The Week: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

Is KD the best player in the NBA?

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

Athlete Of The Week: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

Move over LeBron James.

Take a seat Kobe Bryant.

There’s a new ‘best player’ sheriff in town and that guy is the Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant.

Durant, the reigning scoring champ in the NBA, has taken fire again this season and has his Thunder team sitting comfortably in the number 4 spot in the uber-competitive Western Conference. The Thunder have won 5 straight and 9 out of 10 to keep a 31/2 game lead over the Dallas Mavericks for that 4th spot and with only a handful of games remaining in the regular season, it looks like Oklahoma City, and Kevin Durant, are clicking at just the right time.

"My team mates always put me in great positions to score. I’ve been working out as hard as I can this season and the shots are starting to fall for me," Durant told reporters after their latest win over the Miami Heat.

The Thunders latest win, an impressive 96-85 win against the Miami Heat, showcased how much this team has grown this season under Durant. While they have always been able to put up offense, their defense has been questionable but of late, they seem to have got that end down pat as well. They held the All-Star laden Miami team to just 38 percent shooting and a season-low 29 percent after halftime.

“One thing we’ve gotten better at is closing games out,” Durant said.

The most impressive performance on both sides of the ball came from Durant Wednesday night against the Heat where he was matched up one on one with LeBron James for a good portion of the night and schooled him every which way from Sunday on his way to a game high 29 points.

"Tonight is not one of those games where you feel awful about how you played," James said after the loss.

If you breakdown their matchup, Durant went 10-15 when guarded by LeBron while ‘King’ James went a dismal 8 of 21.


Overall, this is just one game in an 82 game season, but it goes a long way in showing that the King of the NBA didn’t take his talents to South Beach, he kept them in Oklahoma City.