Over KG, hello KD.
Star Kevin Durant continued his netting journey up to the NBA’s all-time leading netting list in Brooklyn’s 112-98 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.
Durant scored 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field. After Vince Carter passed the nineteen points scored in NBA history, Durant surpassed the former Timberwolves, Celtics and net legend Kevin Garnett in eighteenth place.
Durant missed the entire 2019-20 NBA season with a torn Achilles. He is one of the few players in NBA history to record at least 26,000 points in fewer than 1,000 games.
At this rate, Durant can complete his 17th NBA season as a Top-10 scorer in NBA history.
He is only 1,335 points behind Moses Malone (27,409 points), who holds the 10th spot. Durant would pass Malone — like John Havlicek, Paul Pierce, Tim Duncan, Dominique Wilkins, Oscar Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Elvin Hayes — if he averaged 21.5 points over the course of the season and plays in the remaining 62 NBA games on the schedule.
After scoring just 12 points against the Raptors, Durant’s scoring averages did not go up to 28.8 points per game, making the Top 10 far away even if they manage their net load at the end of the regular season.
Durant needs 879 more points after passing Malone to catch Carmelo Antonio, who is in ninth place with 28,289 points, but is ineligible to add to that number as an unsigned free agent.
Durant would need to average 35.7 points per game and play in all of the remaining 62 games to pass Anthony for No.
Even though he scored 12 points alone against the Raptors, Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn said Durant was lucky to win because all five starters scored more than 10 points.
“And the whole feeling about him after the game, it was great to see him in the room, he was excited because a lot of people were on double digits,” Vaughn said. “He always says, ‘There’s a basketball team over there,’ and tonight is the first example.”