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OKC Thunder: Grading Kevin Durant's 2013-14 season.

by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 17, 2014
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Free-throw shooting: B. Durant attempted a career-high 805 free throws and made 703, both figures leading the league this season. But that 87.3 percent clip was down from the previous season, when Durant shot a career-best 90.5 percent at the foul line. Strangely, Durant was better on the road (88.9 percent) than he was at home (85.7 percent). And the truest sign that fatigue set in was seen in his pre- and post-All-Star percentages. Durant converted 88.2 percent of his foul shot before the break but dipped to 85.7 percent after the break.

Downshifting: B. According to basketball-reference.com, Durant spent a career-high 25 percent of his minutes playing the power forward position this season. When the Thunder moved Durant to power forward and played with a small lineup, it put on the floor one of its most potent offensive units. Three of the Thunder’s top four most efficient offensive lineups came with Durant at power forward, according to 82games.com. The problem was defense. The Thunder struggled at times to consistently defend teams when relying on its small-ball look. Rebounding and protecting the rim became trouble areas. And though Durant tried his best to bang on the block, he suffered a drastic dip defensively, yielding 0.86 points per possession and 47.4 percent on post-ups, up from 0.75 points per possession and 37.2 percent last season.

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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