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OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant benefits from three-guard lineup

by Anthony Slater Published: November 23, 2013

Scott Brooks' lineup creativity has been evident in recent games, with the Thunder coach routinely trotting out a three-point-guard look in crunch time.

But it's not the three point guards — Russell Westbrook, Reggie Jackson and Derek Fisher — who benefit the most.

Brooks thinks it may actually be Kevin Durant.

“I think it allows KD to give them a very difficult matchup,” Brooks explained. “When he's at the (power forward spot), he can guard basically every position on the floor. So it allows us to attack offensively. They have to decide, are they going to put a big guy or a shooter on KD? We like our chances with either one.”


 In a recent interview with, recently retired NBA guard Allen Iverson was asked about Durant.

More specifically, Iverson was asked whether he thought Durant could ever eclipse LeBron James in the hierarchy of basketball.

“He doesn't have to,” Iverson said. “When we talk about basketball 20, 30 years from now, we are going to talk about Durant. We are going to talk about him being one of the all-time greats.”

“It's like Michael Jordan being as great as he is,” Iverson continued. “But you still have to talk about Magic (Johnson), you still have to talk about (Larry) Bird. ... That's how Durant is going to be defined when it's all over. He's just going to be defined as being great.”

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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