Kevin Durant said on the Corp podcast that he likes the ‘Slim Reaper’ moniker now that he’s not a young player in the league.
Kevin Durant has been on fire ever since the Brooklyn Nets have started their 2020-21 NBA campaign. Regardless of which superstar he’s playing alongside with, whether it’s Kyrie or Harden, he’s putting up 30 bombs in nearly every single game.
He is currently on an active streak of ten straight games with 25+ points, the only Nets player in history to achieve this feat. His efforts were rewarded recently by naming him the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
These numbers shouldn’t be all too surprising when associating them with Kevin Durant. He’s been a superstar in the NBA for nearly 14 years now.
Kevin Durant is warming up to the ‘Slim Reaper’ nickname
A tradition around the NBA for the longest time has been giving nicknames to superstars and other beloved athletes that play in the league.
Whether it’s Michael Jordan’s ‘His Airness’, Karl Malone’s ‘Mailman’, or Chris Andersen’s ‘Birdman’, fans of the NBA seem quite invested in giving their favourite players a catchy nickname.
Kevin Durant isn’t exempt from this as he was given quite a good one which came in the form of ‘Slim Reaper’. This is of course a play on the words ‘Grim Reaper’ but attribute the ‘Slim’ part of the nickname to KD’s lean physique.
It was definitely interesting when a guy known as “The Slim Reaper” who is averaging 30.6 points was shoulder bumping and then pushing Giannis Antetokounmpo. But Kevin Durant set an early physical tone for #Nets @forbes https://t.co/VA6rJpjvmV
— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzNYC) January 19, 2021
The 2014 MVP took to the Corp podcast to talk about various aspects of his life regarding basketball. When asked about his nickname, KD said, “It’s time now. Back then it was too good of a nickname for me at that age.”
It seems as though Kevin Durant didn’t feel as though he did the ‘Slim Reaper’ nickname any justice as a young star in the league. However, after several accolades, has assumed the moniker as his own.