‘This Guy Next to Me’: Kevin Durant Reveals Who Will Break His Team USA Scoring Record

Published 07/31/2021, 2:19 PM EDT


Team USA Basketball is finally back on the right track. After cruising to a dominant win over the Czech Republic, the USA has earned yet another quarter-finals spot in Tokyo! And following the time since their loss to the French, Kevin Durant and co. have played with fire in their eyes, looking to perform at levels that characterize American dominance at the Olympics.

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In their search for a 4-peat of sorts, it looks like the Americans have finally shown up to the party. KD, coming off a lone warrior-like playoff run, has all the talent he needs to take some weight off his shoulders as he chases an all-time personal milestone, along with his 3rd gold at these Olympics.

May 28, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) passes the ball past Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) during the first half during game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

And while Durant just passed Carmelo Anthony as the all-time leading scorer for the United States Basketball in the Olympics, he has already placed his bets on Jayson Tatum as the next player to surpass his feat.

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Kevin Durant picks Jayson Tatum

In what turned out to be a 35 point blowout, Kevin Durant led from the front with 23pts/9reb/6ast. And while it took a while to get the adrenaline pumping, Durant’s match seemed to ignite the fire. Tatum has been an integral part of Team USA, and likely will be their key piece in the near future.

 

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While Jayson Tatum had a slow start to his 1st ever Olympics campaign, scoring only 9pts against France, he picked up the pace as the United States thumped Iran by 50. He then followed it up with a monster 27 point game, scoring 10/16 from the field and 5/10 from beyond the arc.

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The Jayson Tatum rocket has officially launched at Tokyo. As he looks to wreak havoc and be a mainstay of the team’s offensive rotation, the 23-year-old could take down Durant’s record by the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles!

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Nikhil Naik

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Nikhil Naik is an NBA writer at EssentialySports. Having completed his bachelor's degree in Hospitality, he has worked with the Indian Hotels Company Limited, at the Taj in Mumbai. Nikhil has been playing basketball since 2014.

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