The Ascension of Kevin Durant- by Dustin Brewer

Dustin takes a look at the rising star of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant.

Above is the trailer for the new film “Thunderstruck,” starring the newly minted Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant. It’s clear that the film isn’t looking to contend in next year’s Academy Awards, but the timing couldn’t have been any better.

Last night, the Thunder defeated the heavily favorite San Antonio Spurs, 107-99, to win the right to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals, winning the best-of-seven series in six games. Durant finished with 34 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists, phenomenal numbers, but also, what we as fans have come to expect from the reigning league scoring champion, three straight years. The national spotlight just gave him a larger audience to showcase his ability to score from anywhere on the court with relative ease.

Many have said that Durant has now taken that step to superstar, clinching his first trip to the NBA Finals at only age 23.

At a time where many casual fans of the NBA are just discovering the small-market Thunder and their young star, the upcoming film “Thunderstruck” is exactly the thing to help take him to the next level; an innocent movie in the vain of “Like Mike” that sees a young fan of Durant suddenly end up with Durant’s basketball skill while Durant suddenly finds himself devoid of his talent on the court.

It’s not Ray Allen in “He Got Game,” but it’s a chance for Durant to showcase his likability and humbleness that has made him the Anti-LeBron among fans so far in his NBA career.

So grab a seat, some popcorn, pull up a chair and get ready to watch the Durant era officially begin.

Dustin Brewer is a writer/co-editor-in-chief at 

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