Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) moves thte ball ups the court as Denver Nuggets forward Payton Watson (8) defends (AP Photo/ Matt York)

For most NBA fans, Kevin Durant averaging at least 27 points per game is normal as he has consistently done it his entire career. An effortless baseline layup against the Denver Nuggets moved him into 10th place on the NBA’s career scoring list, passing power forward and center Moses Malone.  Durant’s career points reached 27,423, surpassing Malone’s NBA total of 27,409. Malone achieved his score after beginning his professional career with two seasons in the ABA (American Basketball Association).

On the scoring list, LeBron James leads with 39,234 points as of Wednesday, making him the only current player in the top 25. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is in second place with 38,387 points, followed by Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Dirk Nowitzki (31,560), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419), Shaquille O’Neal (28,596), and Carmelo Anthony (28,289).

Durant expressed his feelings on achieving this milestone during the Suns’ postgame press conference.

Related Stories

Ferndale Battled in Second Half to Defeat Fairfax in the CIF 7-AA State Championship Game

Student Athlete of the Week: Amahgee Kegler

“It’s cool. Like I said before, it’s a long journey to be up there and mentioned with the greats,” Durant said. “It takes a lot of work. It takes a lot of preparation and a lot of people to help you get to that point. So I’m grateful thinking about the people who helped me get to this point. All my teammates, coaches, family, friends that have invested in me since I was a kid”.

Standing at 6’11”, Durant has had a remarkable basketball career with 13 All-Star appearances and two NBA championships. Throughout his journey, he has showcased his skills with the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets, and Phoenix Suns. Durant’s basketball journey began at the University of Texas for one season, and at the age of 19, he was selected as the second overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft.