Box & One: Midseason Rookie Report

By Wesley Chism Jr.
Updated: February 5, 2008

SEATTLE — The first semester of the NBA season is coming to a close and midterms are next week. At the moment, I’ve got the Seattle Sonics guard/forward Kevin Durant holding down a solid B average thus far and if I grade on a curve it could easily be changed to an A.

“There has been a lot to learn and our coaching staff has made the transition from college to the NBA very comfortable for me”, Durant said. “I’m able to recognize various defenses earlier and create scoring opportunities for my teammates. I just need to be more aggressive when I put the ball on the floor or pull up for a jumper”

At press time, Kevin is averaging 19.6 ppg, 2.2 apg and 4.2 rpg which was just enough to get him selected to play in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam during All-Star Weekend on Friday, February 15th in New Orleans.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized this way and I got my teammate Jeff Green that’s going to be there with me in the starting lineup which is really cool”, Durant added.

“I’m proud to represent the Seattle Sonics organization and the fans that come out and support us every night”

It has been exciting to watch Kevin play this season, the confidence that he has on the floor and the ability he has to listen to instructions is amazing. “Kevin always ask great questions and gives us 100% effort, I couldn’t ask for much more from him”, stated Seattle head coach P.J. Carlesimo.

“He is a great person and he is truly going to be one of the great ones when it’s all said and done.”

Most importantly, Kevin has remained a kid at heart. He still likes his music, video games, enjoys being home with his family and loves chocolate chip cookies. He has a great history of the game of basketball and can quote stats of various former NBA players along with some of their most memorable games.

With all that is going on in his career right now, you would never guess in a million years what his main focus in life is so I want ask you to try. He’s working on completing his college degree!

“I got a 3.5 grade point average last semester and I’m not about to let all that hard work go to waste”, Durant added. “I’m not going to be playing basketball my entire life and I want to be a well rounded individual.”

Kevin is majoring in education and would like to teach in the public school system “because often times there aren’t any male role models in the classrooms and I think that I would be able to fill that void and inspire the students to reach for their dreams.”

As a matter of fact, Kevin will let you know that he will be receiving his Bachelors degree from the University of Texas and proudly hang his diploma on the wall of his mother’s house.

“I realize how fortunate that I am to play in the NBA and I’ve got some great teammates to share this experience with me”, Durant said. “Our record doesn’t adequately show the level of talent that we have on this team but if you ever step on the court and take us for granted you will be sorry.”

Kevin Durant is much better than I thought that he would be at this point in his career and he can only get better.