So after yesterday’s game between the Thunder and Lakers, Kevin Durant (35 points) has moved ahead of Kobe Bryant (26 points) in the scoring charts by a score of 27.91 points per game to 27.86 points per game for Kobe.
I am rooting for Kobe to go on a two game binge here and bring home his third scoring title. This year will very likely be his last opportunity to win one and would make him the second oldest scoring champ behind Michael Jordan.
As for Durant, if he won, this would make three in a row for him. Three scoring titles would tie him 5th All-Time for leading the league in scoring per game behind Michael Jordan (10 times), Wilt Chamberlain (7 times) with George Gervin (4 times) and Allen Iverson (also 4 times) tied in third place.
To accomplish this by the age of 23 is absolutely extraordinary. To think that Durant has another 8-12 years of competing in this category and will almost definitely rack a bunch of these things … just wow. I can’t think of anything else. Amazing.
I love it when the scoring title comes down to the last games of the season. Something to watch.
Hopefully, we’ll see a David Robinson type explosion (71 points) or even better an epic battle between two guys gunning for the title like David Thompson (73 points) and George Gervin (63 points) had back in the day.