John Rohde: Thunder's Kevin Durant must continue to get stronger

BY JOHN ROHDE Modified: June 6, 2011 at 11:40 am •  Published: June 6, 2011

The Oklahoman's Oklahoma City Thunder and NBA beat writer John Rohde answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports

On what Kevin Durant needs to most improve upon in the offseason:

Physical strength. Teammates insist he's much stronger than he looks, but he still gets the ball stripped away too frequently. Though he has improved greatly since his rookie season in this regard, Durant still needs stronger hands -- or they need to call more fouls. It should be more difficult to steal the ball from one of the top five players in the league.

On the Thunder's plans for its first round pick in the NBA Draft:

Possibly stash, or perhaps trade away the pick. The Thunder is in a great position to do what it did when it took Serge Ibaka and Tibor Pleiss -- draft them, then stash them. Pleiss likely is at least another year away. Ibaka is a freak and made the jump quickly. If someone of quality is available, the Thunder might go international. Chat Recap: John Rohde



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