For Kevin Durant, It's ‘an Honor' to Take the Court With Steph Curry

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Some milestones were hit on Monday night at Oracle Arena.

Steph Curry joined the "15,000 career points club" and Kevin Durant passed Larry Bird for 33rd on the NBA's all-time scoring list. After the win over Memphis, Durant was asked what it's like to take the floor with the two-time MVP on a nightly basis.

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"It's more exciting just to see him come to work every day and work on his game," the reigning two-time Finals MVP told reporters. "I don't want to take what he does on the court for granted, but I'm just a sucker for just watching guys while they work -- when the lights are lower than usual.

"And he's one of those guys that puts in the work every single day and produces. And you see it out on the floor."

Curry is currently averaging 28.8 points per game this season. If he stays at his current scoring pace for every game the rest of the way, he will end the year with 16,479 points. If he then averages 28.4 points per game over the next four seasons (assuming he averages 75 appearances), he would be at 24,999 points. There are currently 22 members of the 25,000 points fraternity.

For Durant -- he is also averaging 28.8 points per game and if that pace continues for all 82 games, he would end the campaign with 24,168 career points -- which would put him at No. 26 all-time.

To become just the 8th NBA player to ever hit 30,000 points, Durant would need to average "only" 26 points per game (assuming he averages 75 appearances) over the subsequent three seasons. He would then enter the 2022-23 season having just turned 34 years old, and be in prime position to vault into the Top 3 before it's all said and done.

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But that converation is still years away. Back to the present where Durant is humbled to call Curry his teammate:

"Fifteen thousand is something that I'm sure he expected out of himself once he came into the league," Durant added. "But to actually accomplish it shows how hard he works; how much he's dedicated and how much he loves the game.

"That shines bright every single night he plays, so it's just an honor to take the court with him."

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

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