Kevin Durant: Can He Endure Multiple 82-Game Seasons?

Curtis Finchum@CRose24Correspondent INovember 10, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY - OCTOBER 29:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder watches a free throw against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Ford Center on October 29, 2008 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Bucks defeated the Thunder 98-87.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.   (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The Oklahoma City Thunder started off the season showing a new intensity for defense, something the entire team has struggled with since before they moved from Seattle.

Though the Thunder are still young and lack experience, they have brought in all the pieces that are capable of doing exactly what head coach Scott Brooks wants them to do.

The key for any kind of run at the postseason falls upon the young, long, and thin forward from Texas, Kevin Durant.

Durant has shown since he stepped foot in the NBA that he knows how to score with the big boys in the league. He's always been teamed up with two players, forward Jeff Green and guard Russell Westbrook.

Though Durant's potential seems to be endless, as he's improved every facet of his game every off-season, it's his body that looks as if it could be Durant's biggest curse.

Durant has managed thus far to get through three seasons, with minor ankle issues and other insignificant injuries.

But can Durant survive the wear and tear of multiple seasons when he could play over hundred games? That's the question that many people don't aren't quite sure how to answer, Durant has yet to suffer anything significant.

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Though Durant has shown great flexibility and has been capable of withstanding some very physical play, he has yet to experience what the game is like in the playoffs.

Its only Durant's second season in Oklahoma City and his third in the league, but he's already getting compared to the likes of Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James when it comes to scoring.

But for Durant's chance to become the "guy" in the league, he must learn how to play defense and survive any kind of injury that might happen to come his way during his career.

Two full years down with the third beginning, and with hopefully many more to come. If Durant's luck continues, he could end up being one of the best that's ever played.

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