We discuss three questions about Kevin Durant's season.
1. How would you describe Kevin Durant's season?
Darnell Mayberry: Spectacularly steady. He scored at least 20 points 71 times and shot at least 45 percent 62 times. You could probably count on one hand how many bad games Durant had.
John Rohde: Efficient, which appears to be Durant's new favorite word. He just keeps getting better, which could get a little scary in the next few years.
Berry Tramel: Fantastic. He was second in the MVP voting, he had a 50-40-90 season, he was his usual efficient self, the Thunder excelled even without James Harden, he again was nothing but a shining light for the franchise, then Durant was great in the playoffs when Russell Westbrook went down.
2. What, if anything, did you learn about Durant after seeing him play without Russell Westbrook?
Mayberry: That he still has more maturing to do. It's easy to forget that Durant still is only 24. But his body language in the latter stages of the Thunder's postseason became more and more disturbing as frustration set in. He could have done a better job controlling his emotions and not letting them negatively affect him on the court. That he didn't was most surprising to me.
Rohde: That he's human. He stepped up big much of the time, but not all of the time. His teammates needed to play much better. Durant blamed himself, but he was the last person at fault.
Tramel: I learned that even Durant can get frustrated. Durant's production decreased the longer he played without Westbrook. Part of that was going against Memphis, which is a defensive Doberman. And Durant started letting it get to him. But he was noble in trying to carry the Thunder. He gave it a go.
3. What's the one area of Durant's game that needs to improve most for next season?
Mayberry: Ball-handling. Durant had a career-high 280 turnovers this season, half of which seemed to stem from getting stripped or simply losing the ball on the way up. Becoming stronger with the ball could do wonders for Durant's game and the team's ability to maximize possessions.
Rohde: Handle the ball better in traffic. Be more powerful with your dribble. Make your hands stronger or something. It's been a problem since he entered the league.
Tramel: You know what would elevate Durant into the pantheon of absolutely scary? Offensive rebounding. KD is a great defensive rebounder but doesn't do a lot on the offensive boards. If he became an offensive rebounding fiend — which he's certainly capable — then Durant could get some really easy buckets, to go with the somewhat-easy buckets he creates for himself.