2007 Draft Prospects - Kevin Durant

Durant had a remarkable freshman season at Texas, winning virtually every award given to college basketball's best player. He was the only player in the nation to finish in the Top 10 in both scoring (25.8 ppg.) and rebounding (11.1 rebs.). His freshman numbers are among the best in NCAA history and he has drawn comparisons to former Syracuse standout and current NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony (the last freshman to dominate the NCAA).

Strengths:

Durant is a pure scorer and is a threat to put the ball in the basket from anywhere on the court. At 6'10", Durant has the ability to score on the post with a varied array of post moves around the basket. However, what makes Durant so special is his ability to score from the perimeter as well. He is a great shooter (40% on three-pointers, 80% from the line) and has above average ball handling abilities which allow Durant to attack the basket from the wing. He should be a match up nightmare in the NBA.

Weaknesses:

Durant is only 18 years old and is still maturing. He will need to add considerable bulk to his 225 pound frame to handle the more physical NBA game. Durant was a great rebounder in college but it remains to be seen if he can transition that success to the NBA level where he'll be regularly out muscled by other power forwards. Durant's defense is also a bit of a question mark. Texas was so dependent on his offense that Durant was often forced to conserve energy on the defensive end during his freshman season. However, with his length and athleticism, Durant should become a lockdown defender in the NBA with experience.

Skinny:

Durant is a lock to be a Top-2 selection. He is the most skilled player in the draft right now and should develop into a top flight scorer. Durant's blend of size, athleticism, shooting ability and ball handling skills make him a rare talent and potential franchise player at the NBA level.

- Compiled by Matt Griffin. The opinions herein are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect those of the Boston Celtics.

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