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Tuesday, April 7, 2009
ESPNTheMag.Com Presents: All-World Power Rankings


He's got soul, but he's not a soldier.

BEST KEVIN DURANT CLIP ON THE INTERNET? WE'LL GO WITH "EVOLUTION."

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Tonight, the Spurs and Thunder play. Who cares, right? One team is playoff-bound but likely can't get past the Lakers sans Manu and one team is lottery-bound. Eh, it's a bigger deal than you think. The GM of the Thunder, Mr. Sam Presti, is a Spurs guy (RC Buford, the leader of the Spurs, might be the most underrated exec in all of sports) and he's building a pretty good team in OK City. The number one dude is Kevin Durant, a ridiculous offensive talent who could be a consensus bar debate answer to "ten best players in the Association" in three or four years. This Thursday, we're dropping a feature about the Thunder's future (can you imagine if they nab OK boy Blake Griffin?) which you should read. In the meantime, it's time to evaluate the best KD clips on the world wide web.

TOP 5
RANK (YESTERDAY) WHAT WHY
1 (10) "EVOLUTION" You can watch it here. Name pretty much says it all: the evolution of a tremendous hoops talent.
2 (35) "RATED PG" This makes us homers, but we don't care. Go to this URL and you'll find a story and video about the development of PG County (MD) as a hoops hotbed. The video contains Durant and Michael Beasley being straight real with each other—no professionally-managed photo shoot atmosphere. It's pretty cool.
3 (62) HOOPSTV PROFILE OF KEVIN DURANT This is a long clip, but if you want to know the story of Kevin Durant, it's an extremely valuable resource.
4 (9) "THE JERSEYS COMMERCIAL" Fun stuff. Does NIKE ever miss with ads? We watch this one all the time to fire ourselves up.
5 (42) "TOP TEN PLAYS OF 2007-2008" Self-explanatory. Here's the video. The only depressing thing about this is that all the clips take place in a Sonics uniform. Some of the calls are great, though. "Magic carpet!"

HONORABLE MENTION
RANK (YESTERDAY) WHAT WHY
82 (139) BUZZER BEATER FROM LAST SEASON Take a gander at this shot. Pretty impressive, no?
103 (1,870) "I'M NO STAR" This is emotionally important: you gotta stay humble. "I'm nowhere near in the category of these guys."

RISING AND FALLING
MOVEMENT WHAT
46 POINTS IN ROOKIE/SOPHOMORE GAME (This kid is the future, no?)
LEBRON CRACKS A JOKE ON HIM (Gotta stay deferential to The King, tho.)
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