He's just becoming a better, more complete player now. He's shooting less long jumpers, taking more high percentage shots with the lowest number of FGA of his career, resulting in the highest TS of his career. He's roughly cut his 3's in half since last yr. He's trying to make more plays for others. His rebounding is up (he's a 25/10 player so far). His defense was already really good last year, could be even better this yr. The playmaking is still fairly new to him so the high TOs are expected, but I have no doubt that if he can get his TOs down just a little bit, he'll end up with the highest PER of his career and this season will surpass any of his others seasons to date despite the lower scoring average and usage rate.
That's called evolution. I expect multiple tripdubs this yr for KD. Over/under = 4
I was impressed no doubt. But it is the Golden State warriors, they aren't exactly known for their defense.
I don't think it was the fluke that was Golden State's defense. He really is becoming a more complete player, and even before his first triple double, 11 games into the season, he talled two near triple doubles in
23 points 17 rebounds 7 assists against Portland and 22 points 12 rebounds and 8 assists against Atlanta.
It was time he hit one, and I don't suspect this will be his last. James Harden was almost a 4 assist per game player, and Kevin Martin is not. I think Durant is going to continue to pick up the slack as far as some additional distribution.
I think Durant will be under 4, but still probably 2 or 3 and a handfull of near triple doubles. I think he can keep up his 4.6 apg clip or maybe up it to near 5 for the duration of the season.
Somewhat surprised it took this long in his career to get one
He's definitely made an effort to get others on his team involved. I always said KD hasn't hit his ceiling yet. He's still YOUNG! I think 4-5 assists is definitely attainable for him this year.
That was his first? not trying to criticize on him but your a 6'10
Am I the only one who doesn't like that Durant decided to be like Lebron and try to do it all for his team? I much preferred the Durant from last season and the Finals, where he was a cold-blooded scorer who COULD pass, but knew his role was to dominate games offensively. The Harden trade forced his hand, but I just miss seeing Durant in attack mode, I loved that he was a pure scorer.
Obviously I'm not complaining that he got a triple double, but it just seems like a waste of his enormous scoring ability.
He's not trying to be like LeBron, he's just trying to become a better player. He's still an elite scorer who can be counted on in clutch moments. .624 TS for a wing at his volume? That's deadly efficiency.
He's just a better player in all facets of the game now, not just scoring. I prefer that ALL superstars strive to be like that. If he keeps up this pace, this will be his best season to date.
yes i kinda dn't like it too, i always dreamed about him becoming rebounder he was in college and his 10.5 so far is something the best in a decade from a wing player..
but talking about 24ppg and 4assists, naaahh..yes it's nice and shows he is unselfish but we are talking about the guy who has the potential to be one of the best scorers ever, the same guy who at 23yo had 3 scoring champ season in a row..he might be the best ball handling, the best shooting 6'11 ever...im waiting some '06 Kobe's not LeBron's numbers
too put this in perspective Kevin garnett averaged over 6 seasons 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists 1.4 blocks and 1.4 steals all while shooting 48.5% from the field. I loved kevin garnett and when ever I look back at his numbers, they are incrediable.
Last year he was a complete player also.
Im impressed with the fact that KD is actually producing these numbers on a nightly basis. But I also like the KD that scores and scores and scores. Im not sure if this is the KD that OKC needs to win a championship but it certaintly helps his MVP campaign. I thought I was the only one that felt that he was trying to play a little like Lebron. I thought it stems from those offseason workouts they have together and seeing Lebron hoist up the MVP trophy a couple times. KD alweays avg motre points than Bron, but Bron has the total statsheet which means more at the end of the day when you considering MVP. Im not sure who posted it, but someone posted on here last season that if KD wanted a shot any MVP trophies, he was going to have to do more than just score the balll. IDK, maybe thats what he has in mind.
He's an MVP candidate whether he's 30/8/3 or 25/10/5 on elite efficiency. Him winning one depends on his team's success and how the other MVP candidates perform. He's already the second best palyer in the league, so it's not like he's far off.
HIs numbers don't matter, if his team has the best record in the nba or if the teams that have a better record don't have a superstar he will win mvp, mvp doesn't go to the actual most valuable player but the most valuable player on the best or one of the best teams.
I'd much rather see Kevin Durant dominate in the post and make the right passes from there than him try to be a playmaker a la LeBron off of the dribble.
Regardless, he's closing up the holes in his game and is becoming a more complete player.
I still think that he could be the best player in the NBA really soon.
"I'd much rather see Kevin Durant dominate in the post and make the right passes from there than him try to be a playmaker a la LeBron off of the dribble."
you cant just dominate the post... that's clearly not who durant is.
...coming from a guy who has been saying durant will develop a post game and a nowitzki-esque one legged post turn-around-shot since like 2 years ago.
He doesn't even have to be "dominant" really. He just has to make more of a commitment to playing down there.
He can still add some strength, but he can just shoot over most defenders. He can draw a double down there and open up the floor for the rest of his teammates. Not everything has to be off of the dribble through isolations or P&R.
Durant can be just as good as Dirk Nowitzki was in the playoffs two seasons ago, even better because he does have that ability to go off of the dribble as well.