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Thunder's Kevin Durant is beyond compare -
"This is what, his third year?" says San Antonio General Manager R.C. Buford. "He just led the league in scoring. His team won 50 games. He's in the MVP conversation and will be for 10 years." Durant is not only in the conversation, it looks like it'll be a long-running dialogue. Just running second to LeBron James in this season's most-valuable-player race, as expected, would make him the highest-polling 21-year-old ever. At 21, James, who was rewriting all the rules, was No. 9 in the MVP voting.

L.A. is still showing Durant love. All of this national press better translate to more nationally televised games next season.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says NBA should make age minimum 21 - ESPN
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says the NBA should raise its minimum age for entry into the league to 21. The NBA's career scoring leader and center on the Los Angeles Lakers' 1980s "Showtime" teams said Wednesday there's a disturbing sense of entitlement among many of today's young pros. "They get precocious kids from high school who think they're rock stars -- 'Where's my $30 million?' " said Abdul-Jabbar, who was in Omaha to speak at the B'nai B'rith sports banquet. "The attitudes have changed, and the game has suffered because of that, and it has certainly hurt the college game."

I agree with Kareem. Since Durant and Co. are breaking nearly every age related record, the NBA needs to change the minimum age entry. We don't want anyone challenging KD's records.

The following article shares observations of Jerome Jordan and Jarvis Varnado during their Los Angeles workouts. There is also a brief Q & A with Varnado and Jordan.

DraftExpress: West Coast Workout Swing
Jordan looked to be in very good shape overall, while he’s said to be emphasizing lower body and core strength in his strength training, something that will be very important for him at the next level, where his high center of gravity combined with still developing body could make things tough for him defending the post initially. Some have questioned his defensive effort and focus at times this season at Tulsa, as his blocked shots per 40 minutes pace adjusted have been on the decline for the past three seasons, something you don’t want to see from a player with his length and athleticism. This could also very well be due to the adjustments opposing teams have made to playing against him, though.

While some have criticized Jordan for his laid back demeanor during certain games this season, it’s hard to question his off the court work ethic, given the leaps and bounds he’s improved skill-wise over the past four years. The work he’s doing here should help him projecting to the NBA, as getting better acclimated to pick-and-roll defense is something that needs to be high on his priority list, given how rarely he was put in that situation at Tulsa. Likewise, continuing to work on his mid-range jumper will only ease his transition, but further developing his body, which looks like it can still add quite a bit more strength, will probably be as important to his success as anything else.

The following snippet is from another ESPN Insider article. Chad Ford says, Avery Bradley's hype was legit, 6'10" Craig Brackins has a 40" vert, James Anderson can really score, and Lance Stephenson is looking to change his rep. Also mentioned are Sherron Collins, Manny Harris and Armon Johnson.

NBA draft 2010: Avery Bradley, Lance Stephenson shine at Las Vegas workouts - ESPN Insider
Bradley measured 6-foot-1½ in socks and 6-3 in shoes, but has an impressive 6-7 wingspan, ran a blazing 3.03 seconds in a three-quarter-court sprint and showed off an impressive 37.5-inch vertical jump. Those numbers are quite similar to his two closest comps, Westbrook and San Antonio's George Hill. And like Westbrook and Hill, no one is exactly sure what position Bradley plays. He sees the floor fine, but he rarely makes a showstopping pass.