Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant playing the best offensive basketball of his career

He came into the league at a high level, but Kevin Durant has improved significantly in the past seven years. Minor tweaks have produced major results for the Thunder star.
by Anthony Slater Published: January 18, 2014
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photo - The Thunder’s Kevin Durant shoots during his career-best performance Friday night against the Warriors. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
The Thunder’s Kevin Durant shoots during his career-best performance Friday night against the Warriors. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

And in many ways, that's true.

But even though it's not as easily identifiable, Durant has improved as much as any player in the past seven years. Minor tweaks have produced major results.

And now the youngest player to ever win three scoring titles, is playing the best offensive basketball of his career.

In the 12 games since Russell Westbrook went down, Durant has scored 435 points. It's the most prolific 12-game stretch of his career and the highest total in the NBA since 2009 (Dwyane Wade, 446). It has only happened six times in the past decade.

And maybe more impressively, the numbers have been coming efficiently and within the flow of the game.

On Friday, he went 19-of-28 from the field, becoming the first player since Michael Jordan in 1988 to have at least 54 points and five assists, while also shooting that high a percentage from the field.

Durant's continued improvement from the right wing is just an example of his continued development as a basketball player.

It's one thing to note that he's still improving and is not yet in his prime.

But to actually watch him continually outdo himself remains remarkable.

“There's always another level I can go to,” Durant told TNT after a recent game in Houston.

Few people are doubting him at this point.


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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