Thursday, April 15, 2010

youngest scoring champ

62 years ago, a player named Max Zaslofsky played for the Chicago Stags in the Basketball Association of America (BAA), a rival league founded to compete with the already established National Basketball League in 1946. The two leagues merged at the end of the 1948-49, and became the National Basketball Association (NBA).

During the 1947-48 season, at the age of 22, Zaslofsky led the BAA in scoring; for all these years, he's been called the youngest scoring champ in the history of the NBA.

It took 62 years for someone to wrest that title away from Zaslofsky.

That someone is Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 21 year-old Durant averaged 30.2 points per game to lead the NBA in scoring this year.

Looks like Durant has a great future ahead of him. He certainly has a chance to go down as one of the greatest scorers of all time. It's very early to be saying all this, but I won't be surprised if he ends up scoring more career points than Michael Jordan.

I'll be surprised if he scores more career points that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I'll also be surprised if I'm still around to see the day when he does!

Durant's line this season:

30.2 ppg, 2.8 apg, 7.6 rpg, 1.4 steals per game, 1.0 blocks per game, 47.6% FG, 36.5% 3PT, 90.0% FT, 82 games played, 39.5 minutes per game.

The Thunder went 50-32 and made the playoffs. They'll face the L.A. Lakers in the 1st round.

The top 5 in scoring this season:

Durant - 30.2
LeBron James - 29.7
Carmelo Anthony - 28.2
Kobe Bryant - 27.0
Dwyane Wade - 26.6

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