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Old 12-22-2012, 12:35 AM   #1
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Default Durant is averaging 4 assists per game..

I've watched a few OKC games lately and his playmaking looks to have improved dramatically. My one knock on him was his "gunner" only game but the guy is a triple-threat player this year.

4apg might not seem much but it's a big reason his PER is up 2 points this year and why he will easily win MVP over Melo.

PS: Not that Melo can't pass but he plays with 2 PGs and is used solely as a gunner. It just doesn't look good with the stats side by side. He barely gets assists compared to Bron and KD

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Old 12-22-2012, 12:37 AM   #2
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I've watched a few OKC games lately and his playmaking looks to have improved dramatically. My one knock on him was his "gunner" only game but the guy is a triple-threat player this year.

4apg might not seem much but it's a big reason his PER is up 2 points this year and why he will easily win MVP over Melo

Trying to model his game after his boy Lebron and is becoming a much, much better defender. Clear MVP right now.
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:38 AM   #3
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Default Re: Durant is averaging 4 assists per game..

Yeah he's definitely improved his play making. He does try to make some ridiculous passes though which result in turnovers.. needs to cut that shit out. Like the bounce passes through the middle of the key which are meant to avoid 4 opponents and magically end up a Thunder jerseys hands.
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:41 AM   #4
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Just goes to show you that he had that in his game all along but they are using him as a playmaker more this year with no Harden. Makes their team much more dangerous
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:45 AM   #5
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Default Re: Durant is averaging 4 assists per game..

it's alright, but not really that amazing if you think about it... anybody who has the ball as much as he does around the perimeter and commands so much defensive attention should at least find one open man per quarter...
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:47 AM   #6
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it's alright, but not really that amazing if you think about it... anybody who has the ball as much as he does around the perimeter should at least find one open man per quarter.

He's never done it till this year and his usage is even lower than last year so far
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:52 AM   #7
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Default Re: Durant is averaging 4 assists per game..

If Perkins wasn't so garbage, Durant would have 5APG and Westbrook 10. Kendbrick screw up at least 2-3 wide open dunks every game on top of fumbling the ball and turning it over around 2 times as well.

Lakers fans, give us Jordan Hill, we got some young bench players you need and 1st round picks. Danthoni will love Lamb.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:02 AM   #8
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If Perkins wasn't so garbage, Durant would have 5APG and Westbrook 10. Kendbrick screw up at least 2-3 wide open dunks every game on top of fumbling the ball and turning it over around 2 times as well.

Lakers fans, give us Jordan Hill, we got some young bench players you need and 1st round picks. Danthoni will love Lamb.
This. If/when the Thunder draft or trade or a competent center who can, you know, perform the basic basketball play of catch a pass and make a layup, Durant may have a few 28-9-5 seasons in his prime. Westbrook may have a few 22-10-5 seasons. If there was a stat for it, Perkins would lead the league in blown assists and I don't think it'd even be close.

But yes, Durant's passing/playmaking is improved. I noticed glimpses of it in the Olympics which was surprising since I didn't see some of those passes just two months prior in the playoffs; so I mainly just attributed it to the fact that he was playing with the best players in the world against inferior competition.

There's a few times a game, though, he tries to do too much with a pass, but he's learning. He's slowly figuring it out and has improved drastically since the beginning of the season when it comes to finding the balance between scorer and facilitator.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:14 AM   #9
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3.9 assists to 3.2 turnovers.

But it's a step in the right direction. This is his first season where his APG is greater than his TO. A guy who has the ball as much as he does is bound to turn it over a lot, but the TOs from risky passes will decrease as he gets even better.

Props to him for clearly working to improve on his weaknesses, though. Gonna be awesome watching his career.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:14 AM   #10
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Just goes to show you that he had that in his game all along but they are using him as a playmaker more this year with no Harden. Makes their team much more dangerous
Last time I checked he had a 1:1 ratio, that is horrible.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:29 AM   #11
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If Perkins wasn't so garbage, Durant would have 5APG and Westbrook 10. Kendbrick screw up at least 2-3 wide open dunks every game on top of fumbling the ball and turning it over around 2 times as well.

Lakers fans, give us Jordan Hill, we got some young bench players you need and 1st round picks. Danthoni will love Lamb.

And if you've seen Miami play, Lebron would avg an assist or 2 more if he didn't have players with butterfingers (Bosh, Joel...)
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:31 AM   #12
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And if you've seen Miami play, Lebron would avg an assist or 2 more if he didn't have players with butterfingers (Bosh, Joel...)

dont forget haslem... dude cant make a layup now
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:31 AM   #13
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Default Re: Durant is averaging 4 assists per game..

He started this last year: More playmaking out of his isolations. It's one reason why Westbrook's assists were much lower than usual last season.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:32 AM   #14
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And if you've seen Miami play, Lebron would avg an assist or 2 more if he didn't have players with butterfingers (Bosh, Joel...)


Lebron already averaged 9 assist a game. No need to bring his name here. It will turn again to Lebron vs Durant topic
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:36 AM   #15
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I never understood what's so bad about being a gunner. The point of the game is to score more than your opponent. There's very few players in the NBA that can score on the level of Kevin Durant, why marginalize him for it
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