It was suggested on a AOL blog here that Texas superstar Kevin Durant gained 35 pounds last year. While a 35 pound gain would be impressive in a football player, in basketball, putting on 35 over a logn slender frame, is not impossible. Interesting that basketball players are almost never linked to steroid or anabolic use.
That ridiculously skinny kid you see here is Kevin Durant, currently the best college player in the country, from his high school days. There's been some talk lately about whether Durant's frame is just too small to withstand the pounding he'll take in the NBA, so let's explore that a little more deeply.
First of all, how much does Durant weigh? In high school he was listed as 6-foot-9 and 190 pounds. That looks about right to me. Texas officially lists him at 6-foot-9 and 225 pounds, and his official biography says he gained 20 pounds during the Longhorns' conditioning program. If a football or baseball player gained 20 pounds during the team's conditioning program we'd be hearing whispers about steroids, but Durant looks more like an anorexic than a steroid abuser.
But if he was 190 in high school and gained 20 pounds, why is he listed at 225? His listed weight at Texas suggests that he gained 35 pounds. My best guess is that Durant weighs about 200 (Rivals probably gets it about right, listing him as 6-foot-9 and 204 pounds) and that Texas didn't want to reveal just how underweight he is. So they bumped his weight up to 225. NBA scouts will weigh him before the draft, and some might shy away from him because he's so skinny. But anyone who has watched him knows he can play, so to me, his weight is just a curiosity