Kevin Durant Becomes 2nd-Youngest Player to Score 15,000 Points

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIDecember 17, 2014

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Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant became the second-youngest player in NBA history to score 15,000 points Tuesday night vs. the Sacramento Kings. 

The NBA announced the news on Twitter:

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The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar became the youngest player in NBA history other than LeBron James to reach the milestone, per ESPN.com's Royce Young:

That is even more impressive when considering Durant attended the University of Texas for one year, while James went pro straight out of Akron's St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

Before Tuesday's road trip to Sacramento, the Thunder were 6-1 since Durant returned to the lineup after missing the beginning of the year with a Jones fracture in his right foot.

Russell Westbrook was dealing with injury issues of his own to start the 2014-15 campaign, but Oklahoma City's dynamic duo is back in full force. Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy noticed the huge difference recently:

The Thunder have turned things around quickly after a rocky start, vaulting right back into playoff contention in the loaded Western Conference.

Durant is arguably the best, most versatile scorer in the Association. Tuesday's accomplishment is simply another benchmark in what should be a continual list of accomplishments, ultimately culminating in one of the most successful individual NBA careers in the modern era.