Originally Posted by bdonovan
Distributing the ball to an open Curry is about the bare minimum I'd expect from KD. How many times does he hit a cutter with a pass? He also is petty and will not pas to certain people on the team- a good way to break down the team-first culture.
>You know what's hard to counter? Giving the ball to the best scorer in the world and letting him go 1 on 1.
If that were true, KD on OKC would have won a ring (esp. with 3 ISO players in Harden, Westbrook and Durant on one team). But they never did. 1:1 basketball even with great shooters produces lower percentage shots than 'motion' whose purpose is to find open men. It's less sexy but an open shooter who's far from KD can shoot at a higher percentage than KD playing hero-ball. Reality is both disciplined 1:1 and motion offense can win championships; but undisciplined hero-ball rarely does.
The Warriors were never hurting for scoring. Before KD joined, they were the top scoring team in the game. KD scores sure, because he consistently leads in FGA- and again took the most shots yesterday. He took 25 shots, Klay took 9. You give Klay those attempts or Curry instead, we'd be looking at a similar point total. How do you know? History. In this game, they all shot very similarly as far as 2 PT FG%.
You write a lot of about ISO vs. Motion; but that's not really my point. Either can be effective. In either case, teams win with team players. Arguably, KD and Westbrook were not- they often make their teammates worse. One way KD does that is by not playing team offense- not setting off-ball screens for his teammates, making lazy passes when he figures out he can't score, not looking for cutters.
He plays lazy team defense by refusing to fight through screens, low energy on rebounding despite being their tallest guy, horrendous on switches and rotation. GSW will give him a lot of opportunities with hero-ball since opposition is so concerned about Klay and Steph (KD's efg% drops 7 points with curry off the court) -- that's the easy part; if he wants to do the work, not just coast on the backs of a championship team, he needs to look at Draymond and Curry for how they got their in the first place.
You have a couple of legitimate points (doesn't set screens, sometimes a low motor/gets lost on defense, doesn't fight through screens)
But that's more than likely not his role. Most of the time they want Durant to take advantage of mismatches. They're not running the triangle, they're running a variation of it and the princeton offense.
So expecting Durant to make crisp passes to cutters when they call an iso and his team literally does not cut, is not on him.
You have to wonder, why is it when Draymond is in the high post everyone cuts, but when Durant is in the high post everyone stands and watch? Because Durant is encouraged to take advantage of iso situations. No one else on the team is encouraged to do so every time down the floor.
Shaq talked about how the triangle was an equal opportunity offense and that all he tried to do was take advantage of his touches. This is what Durant is encouraged to do.
Either way, when the pressure is on Durant has proven that he can rise to the occasion time and time again. Game 7 against Houston on the road he made two straight buckets to tie the game and he locked down Harden one-on-one on a switch.
Then look no further than Game 3 of the 2018 Finals when he rebounded, blocked Lebron at the rim, eviscerated every defender the Cavs threw at him, and iced the game while Curry and Klay froze up.
Durant would practically never shrink up like Curry and Klay did in the Finals because that's when he's the most motivated. Scoring what, 10 and 12 points the whole game in the Finals? Durant knew he had to take over. That's his role.