• Durant was named to the All-NBA First Team in just his third season, joining LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade and Dwight Howard on the team.

  • Durant became the youngest scoring leader in league history by averaging 30.1 points per game.

  • Durant started all 82 games this season and finished with averages of 30.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.37 steals in 39.5 minutes per game.

  • Durant is just the 10th player in league history to start every game during the regular season while averaging 30 or more points.

  • Durant is the only player in NBA history to convert 700-plus free throws while shooting 90.0 percent or better from the line.

  • Durant ranked sixth on the season in free-throw shooting percentage at 90 percent.

  • Durant's 756 made free throws are a franchise record and the most in a single season since Michael Jordan made 833 in the 1986-87 season.

  • Durant is the second youngest player to score 2,000 points through the first 68 games of a season at age 21 or younger, and he's also the second youngest to reach 4,000 career points.

  • Durant set a franchise record for points in a single season with 2,472.

  • Durant scored 30 or more points in 47 games this season, which was the most in the NBA and also a franchise record.

  • Durant set a franchise record when he scored 30 or more points in seven consecutive games from Dec. 22 to Jan. 2. He later matched that record over the final seven games of the regular season.

  • In a streak that spanned 64 days, Durant was the only active NBA player to score 25 or more points in 29 consecutive games.

  • Durant's 18 consecutive free throws made against Sacramento on Nov. 11 was both a franchise record and the league's season-high.

  • Durant capped the regular season by earning the Western Conference Player of the Month award for April.

  • Durant was named NBA Player of the Week on three separate occasions.

  • Durant played in his first All-Star Game in February, finishing with 15 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes of action. Two nights earlier he won the H-O-R-S-E title for the second year in a row.

  • Durant recorded 25 double-doubles and tallied eight 40-plus point games.

Kevin Durant has continued to take his game to the next level.

Whether he was back at the University of Texas taking college classes, at the Team USA minicamp in Las Vegas or in Hong Kong for an NBA promotional tour, Durant found time to work on his game.

And itís that type of work ethic that had Durant optimistic about his third season in the NBA, especially if last season was any indication of his upside.

There was the first half of last season, when Durant was moved from shooting guard to small forward.

There was the All-Star Weekend, when Durant scored an All-Star event-record 46 points in the Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam game.

And there was the Thunderís Feb. 17 home game against the New Orleans Hornets, when Durant poured in a career-high 47 points.

There simply wasnít any slowing down for Durant last season. And heís hoping to make even more strides this season as a facilitator and defender.

Itís been no secret that Durant is the Thunderís go-to player. But more and more, the team has also depended on him to be its playmaker. And his duties donít stop there. Over time, the goal is for Durant to become a well-rounded player capable of affecting a game on either end of the floor.

Off the court, Durant is about as personable as a superstar athlete could be. Durant will sign autographs until his hand cramps. Heíll take pictures until his face hurts from smiling. And heíll engage and play with children like heís one of them.

Durant grew up outside of Washington, D.C., where he learned to play basketball from his childhood mentor and godfather, Taras Brown.

While Durantís mother, Wanda Pratt, was at work with the U.S. Postal Service, Durant was either at school or with Brown, who took a tough-love approach with him.

Brown even gave Durant homework assignments. During a road trip their AAU team took to Charlotte, Durant had to write ďHard Work Beats Talent When Talent Fails To Work HardĒ on the front and back of four pages of paper before he could play.

That phrase was a constant reminder of how Durant should approach every day in a gym, whether he was at the rec center, high school, the University of Texas for a year, or to this day as a third-year professional basketball player. In some ways, itís helped define him.