Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant is getting bigger with age

The Thunder star looks bigger, stronger. But Durant said nothing special was done during the offseason.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: October 4, 2012


photo - Kevin Durant has his photo taken during media day for the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball team at the Thunder Events Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.  Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Kevin Durant has his photo taken during media day for the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball team at the Thunder Events Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

The knock on Kevin Durant since forever has been he is too thin.

His light frame has made him a target of stronger, more physical defenders, and because the Thunder's star forward was born scrawny, he simply hasn't had adequate strength to counter those bulldog defenders.

Critics have gone after Durant for years, each season claiming he needs to get stronger even in spite of his scoring prowess. It's been a justifiable critique seeing as how Durant easily gets pushed off his spot when fighting for position and frequently must drift well beyond the 3-point line to receive a clean entry pass.

But Durant's body is changing.

That much was evident when he walked across the court at the team's old training facility and into a small theater room where a crowd of media members waited.

From his lower body, through his midsection on up to where it's as clear as ever — his upper body — Durant has bulked up. As with everything else that defines his skills, Durant isn't overly interested in discussing the matter. That he said as much as he did hints that he has indeed gotten stronger and is darn proud of it.

“I hope so,” Durant said when told he looks bigger and asked if he got stronger over the offseason. “I guess we'll know when we start banging during the season. But I feel a little bigger, and coach is going to put me down low a little bit more at the 4, so I've got to be stronger to guard those guys. I'm just looking forward to doing as much as I can to help this team.”

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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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