Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant Will Be the NBA's All-Time Scoring Leader

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer ISeptember 6, 2010

LAS VEGAS - JULY 24:  Kevin Durant #5 of the 2010 USA Basketball Men's National Team holds up a Tiffany & Co. player-of-the-game cup after a USA Basketball showcase at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Kevin Durant is entering his fourth NBA season only 33 points short of 6,000 career points. 

USA teammate Andre Iguodala spoke his mind about Durant the other day: "Kevin Durant will be the NBA's all-time leading scorer when it's all said and done...He loves the game and has a knack for putting the ball in the basket."

At the tender age of 21, KD is 32,420 points behind the NBA's all-time scoring leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 career points in 20 seasons).

Does Kevin Durant have the chance to break one of the leagues most prolific records?


Will he do it?

Hmm, let's find out.

Since entering the NBA back in 2007, Durant has steadily increased his scoring average each season by roughly five points per game. 

This past season KD became the youngest player to ever win an NBA scoring title, averaging 30.1 PPG and scoring a total of 2,472 points in all 82 regular season games.

Being just 21 years old, we can expect Durant to continue to evolve (and mature, if possible) into an even better all-around NBA player.

At Durant's current rate (if he continues to average 30 PPG for the next six seasons and plays in every regular season game) he will have compiled 14,760 total points. 

Add that to no less then 25 PPG for six more seasons and Durant would have roughly 33,060 career points in 15 seasons, surpassing Michael Jordan on the all-time list.

Being around 5,000 points short of Abdul-Jabbar at age 34, Durant would have to play at least three to four more seasons scoring 20 PPG to become the league's all-time scorer.  

Although injuries and Durant's championship-focused mindset could certainly prevent him from reaching the record, the young gun is talented enough to continue to increase his scoring averages for seasons to come.

Pushing injuries to the side and assuming that Durantula will continue his emphatic scoring surge for the next decade and then some, it's safe to say that many will begin to hop on board of the D-Train in his attempt to make NBA scoring history.

Let's not forget (he's only 21 years old!), KD broke franchise history this past season, scoring at least 30 points in a franchise-best 36 games.

If anyone has a realistic chance to break the leagues all-time scoring record, it's undoubtedly Kevin Durant.

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