Oklahoma City Thunder Breakdown: Durant Leads a Brewing Thunderstorm

December 29th, 2009 by Erick Blasco Leave a reply »
In the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 105-89 victory over the New Jersey Nets, the Thunder showed the inexperience that has them hovering around postseason eligibility and the talent that will see them burst through the postseason door sooner, rather than later.

Let’s examine which Thunder will be around when the lightning strikes.

Kevin Durant —15-22 FG, 0-2 3FG, 10-12 FT, 5 REB, 2 AST, 5 TO, 40 PTS

There’s no player in the league, not Carmelo Anthony, not Kobe Bryant, that gets his jump shot off as effortlessly as Kevin Durant. With his towering length and graceful athleticism, Durant simply towered above any Nets defender. With his flawless shooting mechanics, it was a mild shock when one of his jumpers didn’t connect.

Oklahoma City varied their methods of getting the ball in Durant’s hands. They positioned him in the mid-post some of the time, where he’d look to turn and shoot, ran him off a few down screens. They also used various baseline curls and fades, as well as having him start stationary at the top of the key.

Durant also executed several nifty backdoor cuts, and was unstoppable with the ball in his hands ...

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