How many career points for Kevin Durant? 'I'm more interested in...'


How many career points for Kevin Durant? 'I'm more interested in...'

In NBA history, 43 players have scored at least 20,000 career points.

Kevin Durant is currently at 19,950 career points.

How many points does he think he can ultimately amass?

"I don't really care, man, to be honest," Durant recently told The Athletic's Anthony Slater. "I used to be really big on 'I want to be the highest scorer to ever play.' But, my skills speak for themselves. You just gotta watch. You just can't look at my numbers ... you gonna have to watch and figure out what I did to get these points, and to score and to score effectively and also win at the same time.

"So I'm more so interested in that. But I got a long time to play hopefully and I'm just gonna keep doing what I do, and we'll see what happens at the end. I don't want to put a cap on it."

Six players are members of the "30,000 Points Club" -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Dirk Nowitzki.

LeBron James (29,812 points) will soon become the seventh.

Durant, who is only 29 years old, has a good chance to reach the 30,000 mark, but as he told The Athletic:

"I had a year full of injuries that stopped me -- I missed 20 games last year and then I missed 10 games the year before that ... and I did a year of college. Who knows. We'll see."

And don't forget that playing for the Warriors has decreased the need for Durant to score.

"It is giving up a couple points a night, but it's worth it," Durant said.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center. 

The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact. 

Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game.  "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring. 

"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."

Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.

Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters


Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

After sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game last season in New Orleans, the Warriors are halfway to repeating the feat this season.

Point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant were voted in as Western Conference starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced on Thursday.

Though Curry has missed 15 games -- nearly one-third of the season -- it has not hurt his popularity; His No. 30 is the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the third straight season. He is averaging team-leading 27.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and 1.65 steals per game.

Curry is the first member of the Warriors to be named a starter for five consecutive All-Star games. As the player with the most fan votes, Curry becomes a captain and is in position to select the members of his team.

Durant, who has missed eight games this season, was named as a starter for the sixth time, the first four coming when he was a member of the Thunder.

Durant is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the league) 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.05 blocks (fourth in the league) per game.