What the world did not know about Kevin Durant before the FIBA World Championships, it found out in a big way.
Team USA went to the 2010 tournament without some of its greats; Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and the like took the summer off by relaxing, or quietly making news involving where to play in the future. Despite the loss of some of the best Americans to play on the hardwood, Team USA, namely Kevin Durant, decided to show the world the depth that is residing back in the states.
The main reason Team USA succeeded is "Durantula." His 23 points per game led the U.S., and no one else on the team was within 12 points of his average in comparable time on the floor. His Michael Jordan-esque scoring average was third best in the tournament, trailing Luis Scola of Argentina (27), and Kirk Penney of New Zealand (24.5). Those two also averaged more time on the floor than Durant.
Back at home, Kevin Durant is the leader of the upstart Oklahoma City Thunder. Along with Team USA teammate Russell Westbrook O.K. City is on the verge of being one of the top teams in the Western Conference, an exclusive group that currently has only one member, the Los Angeles Lakers. With a core of young, talented players, the Thunder showed in the 1st round of the Western Conference playoffs why the Lakers may have company soon. Outside of Durant and co., no other team posed a real challenge to the Lake Show until Boston came knocking in the NBA Finals.
At this point, Kevin Durant's stock is on a permanent rise. While it can be argued that Durant is one of the best in the game today, there are arguments that can be made that he will be the best if...