Oklahoma City Thunder: Evaluating Kevin Durant's season

The Oklahoman's staff writers discuss three questions about Kevin Durant's season.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: May 23, 2013
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We discuss three questions about Kevin Durant's season.

1. How would you describe Kevin Durant's season?

Darnell Mayberry: Spectacularly steady. He scored at least 20 points 71 times and shot at least 45 percent 62 times. You could probably count on one hand how many bad games Durant had.

John Rohde: Efficient, which appears to be Durant's new favorite word. He just keeps getting better, which could get a little scary in the next few years.

Berry Tramel: Fantastic. He was second in the MVP voting, he had a 50-40-90 season, he was his usual efficient self, the Thunder excelled even without James Harden, he again was nothing but a shining light for the franchise, then Durant was great in the playoffs when Russell Westbrook went down.

2. What, if anything, did you learn about Durant after seeing him play without Russell Westbrook?

Mayberry: That he still has more maturing to do. It's easy to forget that Durant still is only 24. But his body language in the latter stages of the Thunder's postseason became more and more disturbing as frustration set in. He could have done a better job controlling his emotions and not letting them negatively affect him on the court. That he didn't was most surprising to me.

Rohde: That he's human. He stepped up big much of the time, but not all of the time. His teammates needed to play much better. Durant blamed himself, but he was the last person at fault.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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