NBA: 30 greatest playmakers in NBA history

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Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors
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14. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder/Golden State Warriors

Kevin Durant has cemented his legacy as one of the best playmakers in the game. He did it in an odd fashion, joining the team who beat him in his previous title attempt in the Golden State Warriors.

Durant currently ranks fourth all-time in league history in points per game with 27.2 points per contest. He ranks first among active NBA players points per game, scoring at an efficient clip with the ball in his hands.

He won the NBA Rookie of the Year award during the 2007-08 season as a member of the then-Seattle SuperSonics. Durant won the NBA MVP award in 2013-14 as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. His two Finals MVP awards in 2017 and 2018 came as a catalyst in Golden State’s dynasty run.

His impact on the court has been hard to deny 12 seasons into his career. His playmaking ability has allowed him to lead the league in scoring for four seasons and in field goals made for three seasons. He currently leads the league in field goals made with 344 in 2018-19.

Some may put an asterisk by his name, but it’s hard to deny Durant’s ability with the ball in his hands. The shot heard ’round the world came in Game 6 of the 2017 NBA Finals in LeBron James’ face, so he’s certainly not above doing the dirty work.