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Kevin Durant goes coast-to-coast for the nasty jam (VIDEO)

Dec 28, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT

Thunder forward Durant reacts after a three point shot against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Atlanta Reuters

There is a lot of masked, subtle brilliance to what Kevin Durant does. It’s almost like drinking a fine wine — you have to know what flavors you’re looking for to appreciate it fully.

Durant had one particular sequence against the Dallas Mavericks yesterday that embodies that. His block on Darren Collison wasn’t just a 6-foot-10 guy blocking a much shorter guy; it was speed and timing blended beautifully. Watch Durant beat Collison in a dead heat from half court and then time his strides perfectly to meet the ball at the top of the square on the backboard. A nanosecond later and it’s goaltending, but if he comes any earlier Collison probably draws the foul.

Of course, this is where it gets fun. Durant then takes the ball from one baseline (he was actually out of bounds, so there’s that) all the way to the other to dunk on Chris Kaman, a 7-footer that had all the time in the world to prepare himself. But again, the dunk itself might not even be the most impressive thing here. Watch how effortlessly Durant takes the ball 94 feet in six dribbles. Six! Watch him bounce like a long-jumper on his approach to the rim, building up his momentum to elevate towards the rim. Sometimes with Durant, the lead-up to the highlight play is actually better than the payoff:

  1. zerole00 - Dec 28, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    That dunk wasn’t flashy by any means, but it was beautiful.

  2. mtminadeo - Dec 28, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    I absolutely hate hte NBA’s BIG campaign. Sooo Stupid.

  3. davidly - Dec 28, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    I remember when a nasty jam was a jar of strawberry preserves left out in the sun too long. Then it was a long musical interlude with a crazy funky bass part in it. I wonder what the future holds…

  4. bigmeechy74 - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Sheesh. If they still had Harden they could be the next great dynasty. What a shame.

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