Durant has company

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

Tonight's game will feature two early candidates for the 2007-08 NBA rookie-of-the-year honours.

Kevin Durant, the second pick in the 2007 draft of the Seattle SuperSonics and -- yes -- Jamario Moon of the Raptors.

Durant, who is the favourite to win the award, is having a solid rookie campaign, leading all rookies in points per game (19.7) and minutes (33.3). With first overall 2007 pick Greg Oden of the Portland Trail Blazers gone for the season after undergoing knee surgery this fall, Durant has become the overwhelming ROY favourite.

However, Moon, a 27-year-old rookie has played his way into ROY consideration, though he is still considered a long shot.

Moon ranks in the top-10 in six rookie offensive categories, including rebounds (2nd, 6.8 per game), blocked shots (2nd, 1.68), minutes (3rd, 29.8), steals (4th, 0.77), assists (T-6th, 1.0) and points (7th, 8.3).

The fact that his name has begun popping up in NBA websites as a ROY candidate has impressed the first-year Raptor very little.

"No, man. I don't think about that stuff, I just come out here and play," Moon said. "I just try to stick with what the coaches ask me to do and try help the team get wins. If those things come into play, then it's great. But I really don't think too much about it. I just play.

"A lot of people call me and tell me about it, but I don't read too much about that stuff," he added. "It's going to play out the way it's going to play out, regardless if I read about it or not. So whatever happens, happens."

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