Kevin Durant has been lighting up the league lately, and is widely considered as the front-runner for the MVP award at this moment. He is only 25 years old, and still has a very long career ahead of him. How long? Well, if you ask Durant himself, he seems to be inclined to play till he is 40 years old.
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) January 31, 2014
Very few NBA players can find a job in the league when they are in their mid-thirties. Some do adjust and find limited bench roles, but at that point they have to go up against significantly younger and superior athletes. Thankfully, Durant has a very limited injury history, and that plays a huge role into how long a player’s career will last.
Durant certainly has the skill set to be able to contribute even when his athleticism declines. He is tall enough to shoot over guys and has a great touch, so it’s not impossible to imagine a 40-year-old KD being an effective spot-up shooter. NBA fans probably wouldn’t mind to watch Durant for another 15 years, right?