A year after becoming the youngest scoring champ in the history of the NBA, former Longhorn and current Oklahoma City Thunder wing Kevin Durant will take home another scoring title this season. Durant averaged 27.7 points per game to outpace LeBron James (26.7) and Carmelo Anthony (25.6).
Leading the league in scoring for a second consecutive season puts Durant in elite company as only the 11th player in history to win back-to-back scoring titles: Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, Allen Iverson, Michael Jordan, George Gervin, Bob McAdoo, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Neil Johnston and George Mikan.
Though Durant's numbers went down slightly across the board (scoring average, points, FG%, FT%, FTs made), he helped the Thunder win 55 games (an five-game improvement over last season), the Northwest division and earn a fourth seed in the upcoming playoffs, where the team has a winnable first-round matchup and home-court advantage against the Denver Nuggets. The addition of Kendrick Perkins and the emergence of Serge Ibaka and James Harden has the Thunder looking to build on the playoff experience gained last season in a close first-round defeat to the eventual NBA champion Lakes.
The takeaway? For Durant and the Thunder, the future continues to look extremely bright.