Remember Them Days - Kevin Durant NBA Debut
By Cardell Dudley
Coming into the NBA in 2007 as the first freshman EVER to win the Naismith College Player of the Year, expectations were out of this world for the No. 2 overall pick to the Seattle Supersonics (Now Oklahoma City Thunder) by way of Texas....Kevin Durant. At 6'9 with a 7'4 wingspan, athletic with a tight handle and parking lot range, Durant was a offensive machine in college averaging 25.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per game while shooting 47% from the field, 40% from 3-pt range and 81% from the stripe. The only question was, with his slim frame and lack of strength, would his game translate to the more physical NBA level? Durant answered that question in his very first NBA game. Taking on a player who he was often compared to since emerging as an elite prospect while in high school, Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony, Durant showed that he not only belonged but soon, very soon, he would be arguably the top player in the NBA. See Kevin Durant post 18 points an 5 rebounds in his NBA debut displaying an offensive arsenal that very few in the history of the game can match.