What one thing would you like to see Durant do more or better next season?
Mayberry: To me, it’s the same area as Russell Westbrook. Defense. And it’s not close. I actually thought Durant made great strides this year as an on-ball defender. But his off-ball defense continued to be spotty, and I didn’t like that he almost never took it upon himself to step up and guard the other team’s hot hand. If Durant’s defense gets better, the Thunder can trot out more offensive-minded players without worrying about defensive slippage. But the reason offensively limited players like Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins have remained fixtures in the first string is because Durant and Westbrook still haven’t committed to dominating defensively every night like they do offensively. Defense is the key.
Slater: The book is out. The best way to contain KD is to throw a quicker, stronger, peskier guard on him and force him to try to play a power game. Make him hesitant on the dribble, bait him into awkward drives, hope to get him frustrated. Tony Allen and, at times, Chris Paul and Danny Green had success in the playoffs. Durant can’t allow that moving forward. He’s got to figure out better counters and has to punish smaller guys in the post. Some of that comes from added strength, some from these learning experiences. But it’s a clear hole in an offensive game that doesn’t have many.
Tramel: Offensive rebounding. Durant could be a ferocious offensive rebounder. He’s already an excellent defensive rebounder. But Durant averaged just 0.7 offensive rebounds per game. That ranked eighth on the Thunder, even though Durant played way more minutes than anyone else. Thabo Sefolosha had more offensive rebounds per game than did Durant.