“I've got a long, long ways to go,” Durant said. “I can't shoot it at every angle of the court like Dirk can, or off the dribble, or off the right leg. I shoot it mainly off my left leg. I can't shoot it off the opposite (foot). The way he makes it look effortless, man, hopefully I'll get there.”
Thunder reserve forward Nick Collison has called Nowitzki the most difficult player he's had to defend, and Durant quickly has become the same to OKC opponents.
“He (Durant) is learning how to take advantage of his size, but he also posts up at the free throw line, at the nail, and that's what Dirk's really been good at,” Collison said. “Kevin is figuring out how to use his size against smaller players, and that's what Dirk's always done, too. Dirk's been a tough matchup for years.”
Nowitzki hasn't shown much of his step-back this season after missing 27 games due to arthroscopic surgery on his right knee — the same knee he plants when jumping off the wrong foot.
Brooks frequently praises Durant for always trying to add his game, and the step-back move certainly has done that.
“I wasn't thrilled because he wasn't making it earlier,” Brooks said. “Now he's making that shot. He has a shot that's hard to defend when he doesn't do that, but that takes it to another level. He has such a high release and he has long arms. That little fadeaway step-back, now that he's making it, I like it. I'm in favor of it.”
What will Durant add next? The sky hook perhaps?
“Man, you talk about a tough shot,” Durant said with a smile. “We'll see. I'm going to try anything I can to get my game better, add different parts to my arsenal, so we'll see.”