Oklahoma City Thunder report card: Breaking down Kevin Durant's season

Kevin Durant enjoyed his best season to date, but he still fell short of straight As.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: May 23, 2013
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photo - NBA BASKETBALL / REACTION: Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) reacts after he leaves the court following Game 5 in the second round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
NBA BASKETBALL / REACTION: Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) reacts after he leaves the court following Game 5 in the second round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Kevin Durant enjoyed his best season to date, but he still fell short of straight As.

Leadership: A. Durant became much more vocal in his sixth season. When there was slippage, he was the one to speak up, generally holding teammates like Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka accountable. It led to better team-wide communication. But Durant also led by example. After losing James Harden five days before the start of the regular season, Durant immediately stepped up his level of play, increasing his assist and rebounding numbers, while also showing more growth on the defensive end.

Playmaking: B. He averaged a career-high 4.6 assists in the regular season and upped that number to 6.3 in the postseason, which shattered his previous playoff high of 3.7 assists last year. For the first time in his six seasons Durant finished with more assists than turnovers. Thought it wasn't always pretty — he averaged 3.5 turnovers in the season's first month — Durant became a real threat to make teammates better by setting them up for easy scoring opportunities as the season went along.

Efficiency: A. Durant reached historic levels with what he did this season. He became only the sixth player in NBA history to shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from the 3-point line and 90 percent from the free throw line, and he joined Larry Bird as the only players to pull that feat while averaging at least 28 points. Durant also had a career-best 28.3 PER, or player efficiency rating, which is the overall rating of a player's per-minute statistical production. LeBron James, with a 31.6 PER, was the only player with a higher rating.

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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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