As long as Durant stays healthy, the scoring title may be his every season.
But what current NBA player THAT HASNT WON A SCORING TITLE or college player has a chance to someday win a scoring title and perhaps even challenge Durant?
Here are some players that I thought of:
1)Tyreke Evans: Even tho he's having somewhat of a sophomore slump, I think he's just a decent jumpshot away from being a top 3 scorer in the NBA. He's ball dominant enough to pretty much shoot whenever he wants and is capable of getting to the lane whenever he wants, the jumpshot is the key for him.
2)Andrea Bargani: Big men usually takes a while to develop and Bargani has improve drastically every year. He's a threat outside and if he can improve inside, he could have a chance to fulfill that Nowitzki comparison. He's still young enough to do so, and I can see him being a 25+ PPG scorer if not next season then perhaps the year after that.
3)Russell Westbrook: Steve Kerr said something interesting during the Thunders vs Mavs game last night, he mentioned how he thinks this team could be better off if they slide Westbrook to SG and find a pure PG. Now that I think about it, Westbrook's Turnover rate is pretty alarming and he's averaging close to 4TO a game(he's currently 3rd in NBA in TO per game). If the Thunders ever decide to slide Westbrook to SG, his combination of aggressive attack, athleticism and improving jumpshot could turn him into Monta Ellis, perhaps 26-27PPG scorer.
Monte Ellis? In the right system (GS or Phoenix) the guy can fill it up.
Griffin- He is already averaging 22 as a rookie and he relies on his athleticism to do this. Think about when he uses fundamentals and develops different scoring moves and improves his range. I know its premature... but who is to say that he wont be scoring 28-30 a game in a few years.
Curry- pure shooter that can hit from anywhere. Once he figures out how to use his slight frame to the best of his abilities, he could put up scary point totals.
I'm still gonna go with Durant though haha.
Tyreke could end up being one of the top NBA scorers in the future, he scored 20ppg in his rookie season without a solid shot, if he added a consistent jumpshot to go along with his inside scoring ability, he'd almost be unguardable but, he really needs to work on his shot, his jumpshot technique is very unorthodox.
Westbrook is a young guy, and is still learning how to be an NBA Point Guard, i can forgive his turnover rate for the time being, he'll address that as he matures, the kid is a very quick learner. With Durant in OKC, i just can't see Westbrook averaging over 25+ppg.
A guy i'd like to throw into the discussion is Eric Gordon, inside and out he is a threat, and could erupt anytime, he currently averages 23.6ppg for the Clippers. There is still room for improvement, his percentages are just about average 45%FG, 32%3P and 80%FT if he could bump up his percentages a little bit more but still take as many shots, he'll be one of the top scorers. He will be an allstar very soon.
Carmelo Anthony. Can score from a variety of ways and if he signs with a team this offseason that builds their offence around him or plays a run and gun style (i.e NYK with D'antoni), he would be more than capable of hitting the 30 ppg mark.
I would say Ellis, Durant, Evans, or possibly Brandon Jennings if they dont get anymore scorers around him.
Melo, Durant, Tyreke, Amare, Gordon are all capable of leading the NBA in scoring and depending on their role with their teams and if they are to share the ball with more talented teammates will effect their scoring so that is why I am going to say barring injury Durant has the scoring title on lock.
I think if Michael Beasley will have a shot in Minnesota if they dont find any help. If he continues to develop and who knows Ricky Rubio could join them and they could start running a more up tempo system. I dont think he will be very efficient but who knows how much more he can improve. And yea Melo shouldnt even be a possibility because he can lead the league in scoring any year everyone knows he already capable of 28 a game. Rose's shot went out the window once he got Boozer, but if Boozer or maybe deng went out with an injury for a season I think he could turn it up. Westbrook i feel is the same way, I think hes capapble but I dont think it will happen unless Durant goes down with an injury..
My top 3 choices in no order are.
Dang, hardly anyone drops 30 per game for the whole season now; I remember when so many were close to it...
Before all the Stars started joining each other.
There was Shaq, Kobe, T-Mac, LeBron, Wade, Iverson, etc.etc.
If my clips dont end up getting a legit 3rd scorer in the next few years Gordon's points game, as well as Griffin's will raise alot.
kemba walker in his 3rd year in nba will be 6th leading scorer before the asg,and 4th at the end of season
Not a chance in hell
before the season i would have said Harrison in the man with the chance out here...now hmmm Monta Rose Evans Melo looks like amazing scorers but everyone looks to be in 26-28 range in upcoming years and won;t be enough to be Kevin..i think in a long run Baylor kids Quincy or WHO KNOWS maybe even Perry could be close if reach their ceilings..
now hmmm Monta Rose Evans Melo looks like amazing scorers but everyone looks to be in 26-28 range in upcoming years and won;t be enough to be Kevin.
Durant is leading the league with 27.9 ppg this year despite the Thunder not having a legit low post scorer to take some of his touches. Scoring in the 28+ point range would be enough to challenge for the scoring title especially if the Thunder make a move to add an offensively talented big man down low in the near future.
So much of it depends on where a player is and what else he has on his team. For college, I can see Josh Selby maybe one day. He can score in so many ways; from deep, mid range, and can attack the rim as good as anyone. Plus, he will have the ball in his hands a lot and won't have to rely on other teammates setting him up.
For the NBA, Monta is one for sure. Westbrook too, especially because of how he draws fouls and gets to the line.
Others...Blake, Eric Gordon, Amare. And if Deron or Rose weren't unselfish, they could as well.
Guys who know how to draw fouls have the best chance in my opinion.
Well, seeing the fact that you guys have mentioned the obvious picks, I'll use my slight Duke bias and say...
arman has a mancrush on kemba walker. he was blabbing about him being roy a couple days ago too
KD could have a long run as scoring champion as Kobe watches his minutes, D-Wade and LeBron will cancel each other out and STAT will also probably have to watch his minutes in due course and if NY do ever get him a top running mate then his PPG could drop. But STAT is having his best year since 2004-05 and for a big man to average over 26ppg is a great achivement for the season so far.
Melo is always talked about as one of the best pure scorers in the NBA but has never won the scoring title maybe due to being in the same era as LeBron, Kobe, AI etc. Also LeBron you may have expected to win it more than once being the dominant player on his Cleveland team.
There is no-one really else I could add to the mix realistically after the names already mentioned.