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Kevin Durant is playing all five positions

Posted on: October 11, 2010 11:51 am
Edited on: October 11, 2010 12:05 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Look out, NBA. It's beginning to sound like The Durantula is nearly fully operational.

Kevin Durant has worked hard - very hard - at improving his overall game. He was known as a scorer coming into the league but two years ago, he committed to getting better defensively. And he did. Then this past summer is was about passing and handling the ball. And by all accounts, he's starting to round out.

For instance, last season, Durant played a good amount of power forward as well as his normal small forward and some shooting guard. Over the summer in Turkey, Coach K used Durant some at center. And Friday against the Heat, Durant played all five positions. That's right, from 6'10 small forward to a 6'10 point guard. Scary.

"I think that I have an advantage with my quickness against some (power forwards)," Durant told The Oklahoman. "It's going to be tougher for me on the defensive end because they're stronger and bigger than me... But I just got to make up for being skinny with my heart. And with me being a point guard... I got to try to make the right play. I'm still working on that. I've got to watch more film to try to make the right play. But all I can say is I'm going to try to work on it."

One of the things Sam Presti has worked very hard to do in Oklahoma City is to create a breathing roster, that's flexible and versatile at every position. He wants players that can move and flow within multiple positions. Russell Westbrook can play both guard spots. Jeff Green can play both forwards. Serge Ibaka can play power forward and center. Thabo Sefolosha goes between multiple spots. And Durant can evidently handle all five.

What's the benefit of this for the Thunder? For starters, matchups. How does an opponent go about lining up against a group of Durant, James Harden, Green, Ibaka and Cole Aldrich? Or what about a linuep with Russell Westbrook, Harden, Green, Ibaka, Durant? Or the fact that Scott Brooks could potentially flip Durant from the point to the post on alternating possessions. That makes this Thunder team a tough group to gameplan for.

Of course this isn't a good thing if Durant's not effective. Against the Heat, KD wasn't all that wonderful playing the 5. He's a little light on the muscular fortitude to be completely capable of pushing against Andrew Bynum or Dwight Howard. But still, OKC has that option.

Positionality has been a fun discussion amongst NBA people over the past few seasons. Is there really a need for defined positions? What is a power forward? What really is a point guard? Does it even matter? And with the Thunder, they're just taking that and turning it around. Sure, there are positions. Our guys just happen to play all five of them.

Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2010 10:53 am

Kevin Durant is playing all five positions

...& I'd take Jordan, Pip, & Rodman over LeBron, D-Wade, & Bosh everyday of the week, & twice on Sunday. 

Watch & see, they won't even come close. 

They may match the '03-'04 Lakers in failed expectations.

...& I'm not a jealous Bulls fan(didn't really want Lebron after he quit on his home-town team, maybe D-Wade), just saying what I'm seeing happening.

Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2010 10:34 am

Kevin Durant is playing all five positions

82-0 my arse!!  72-10 will NEVER-EVER be touched.  That '95-'96 Bulls team is still the best EVER, & it was done w/out collusion!!!  I still remember the Raptors celebrating that last Bulls lose like they had won the lottery, olympics, & NBA title, all in one.  Miami will be lucky to win 65 games this year. 

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2010 3:43 pm

Kevin Durant is playing all five positions

uh....woah there.
Kobe and Lebron are 1 and 2 clearly?

Kobe missed 9 games last year.
He's coming off knee surgery and may miss some opening games. Would you bet on Kobe playing even 75 games right now, let alone 82? I wouldn't.

Looking at least year, statswise, Durant put up better number. 500 more points, 64 more blocks, 232 more rebounds, shot 9% higher on FT, and got to the line WAAAY more than Kobe did. He also shot at a higher pct on both FG's and 3P. Kobe had more assists, thats about the only stat he really has on Durant. Turnover ratio is about the same.

And let's not forget that Kobe had a much stronger supporting cast. Face it, Kobe is on the decline. He's got a lot of miles on those tires, and he's got to carry around that super huge ego with him, not to mention all the lofty expectations.

Kobe is clearly NOT the number one player. We'll see at the end of the year, but my money is on Durant as far being a more valuable player to his team than Kobe is. In the 9 games the Lakers played without Kobe last year, they went 6-3.

Durants numbers have improved every year he has been in the league. Kobe's numbers have declined in many areas.

Since: Oct 11, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2010 1:09 am

Kevin Durant is playing all five positions

I agree with Moneybags 100%.  But while that is true, Kobe and LeBron are 1 and 2 clearly, but I think that Durant is #3 in the league CLEARLY.  So the NBA so take this and make him the next big thing not only in the league but for international ball as well.  I think he was very marketable worldwide because of his amazing showing in the world championships.

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2010 5:07 pm

Kevin Durant is playing all five positions

I really would rather have Durant than Bosh. No doubt. My original favorite team was the Sonics and I was happy as hell when they drafted Durant. He reminds me of George Gervin. The dude can score and shoot the rock. OKC is only a couple players away from being a contender.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2010 4:34 pm

Kevin Durant is playing all five positions

I'm surprised Riley didn't get Durant to come down here too!

You would rather have Durant than Bosh for sure and probably even Lebron in a couple more years. Durant still had one more year on his contract so Riley couldn't get him. Oklahoma City just did the smart thing and signed him to a max contract before his old contract expired.

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2010 3:14 pm

Kevin Durant is playing all five positions

As a Miami fan I can't wait for the season to start. We have the best team on earth. All you haters are going to have to watch your teams get demolished by Lebron, Bosh and D-Wade! 82-0! I'm surprised Riley didn't get Durant to come down here too! Miami has the beaches, hot women, great weather and the best NBA team on earth! So keep hatin all you want, we don't care...

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2010 3:06 pm

Kevin Durant is playing all five positions

SOOOOOOOOOO sick of basketball and it hasn't even started yet.  The media goes way overboard on like 3 players and 1 or 2 teams.  If they just spread out the news a little bit .  Jeez .  hate it .

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2010 2:20 pm

Kevin Durant is playing all five positions

Durant is no Lerbron

You have to be kidding right? Durant is already a hands down top 3 player in the NBA. In 2 more years (maybe even this year) he is going to become the top 1 player in the NBA. Lebron and Kobe fans just need to deal with it. A new king is coming.

Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2010 6:07 am
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