“I’m just going to try to up my intensity on both ends of the floor, especially defensively,” Durant said. “I know that’s going to be tough, but I just got to put my mind to it and go out there and do it. And just try to do the necessary things for us to win, diving on the floor, taking charges, making the right play and being aggressive on offense. It’s a long season for me and for us. I just got to take it slow and work as hard as I can every single day to get better.”
Durant enjoyed his most efficient season to date last year, shooting a career best 49.6 percent from the field. He also became a better rebounder, passer and shot-blocker, posting career-highs in each of those categories as well.
But the three-time scoring champ says he can be even better in all the other facets of the game.
“I just want to raise it up a little bit more,” Durant said. “I think I got another level I can go to. It’s not easy. It’s easier said than done. I just got to be well-conditioned to go out there and give it my all on both ends of the floor night in and night out, and I’ve got to be willing to sacrifice a wide open shot maybe for a better shot or maybe a dunk for my teammates. So I got to just continue to watch film and see where I can get better and continue to keep improving on the defensive end.”