Kevin Durant recently decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors in free agency. You will forgive me if the shock hasn’t quite subsided from his decision yet.
Durant played all of his professional basketball with the Oklahoma City Thunder, previously known as the Seattle SuperSonics, and was the face of that city in the sporting world.
The four-time scoring champion is a rare breed of size, skill, and offensive dominance on the basketball court. In this previous season, he averaged 28 points per game. He has the quick first step of a guard with the athleticism of a much larger player.
In addition to these numerous gifts, the Durantula is also so tall that he can easily get his shot off against shorter defenders at six feet and 10 inches tall. There are a select few players that can block or even alter that shot.
Don’t forget that the former MVP averaged eight rebounds per game, elite for his position, and five assists per contest despite being his otherworldly talent for scoring the basketball.
All of these reasons lead us to dream about the kind of damage that he could do with the roster upgrades that await him in The Bay.
But, before all of that, we think it would be nice to think about where it all started and rank KD’s five best games as a resident of The Sooner State:
#5) January 18th 2013 – 52 points and game-winner against Dallas
The former Texas Longhorn was already a star in the NBA by 2013 but this game really shows off the whole Durant experience. He tallied 52 points on 13-of-31 shooting to go along with nine rebounds in 50 minutes of action.
The lanky forward also shot above 50 percent from deep and was a perfect 21-of-21 from the charity stripe. Finally, he put his squad on top for good with a mid-range jumper with 16 seconds left on the clock. Not a bad outing for the young sharpshooter.
#4) March 21st 2014 – 2OT Thriller in Toronto
The Raptors hung tough in this one but were no match for the force of nature in navy blue looking across from them. Number 35 was doing it all. Scoring 51 points on 15-of-32 shooting while adding 12 rebounds and seven assists is an eye popping performance.
He was also masterful from behind the line burying seven triples. In the games’ final seconds, the team put the ball in his hands to win it for them in the second overtime and he drilled a long range jumper with just under two seconds left to ice the contest.
#3) May 8th 2016 – Tying Playoff Career High Against the Spurs
OKC needed their superstar to help them stay afloat against San Antonio this past season. He did all of that and more. Seat Pleasant’s finest product ended the game with 41 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Outscoring the opposition by himself, 17-to-16, the home team held on to tie the series up and eventually take it from the veteran Spurs. The former scoring champ scored 29 points on 10-for-13 shooting in the second half.
#2) January 17th 2014 – Career High 54 points against the Warriors
It’s funny to see the guy we are so accustomed to donning that powder blue and white slip on gold and royal blue in Oakland. I think it would be safe to say that Stephen Curry and his teammates saw the Slim Reaper in their dreams after this contest.
In video game fashion, Durant hung 54 points on the Dubs while shooting 67 percent from the field. This game was an example of one of the elite scores in the league getting hot and becoming downright unstoppable.
#1) June 12th 2012 – The Thunder win their first Finals Game
In his first finals game ever, KD played like he had been waiting his entire life to get to that stage. He finished with 36 points on better than 50 percent shooting.
The Durantula took over the fourth quarter, pouring in 17 points and firmly cementing the home squad’s victory in front of their raucous crowd.
Sadly, this is the Thunder’s first and only win in the NBA Finals and with their biggest star headed west there is no telling when they may get another chance.