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.
Poise: C. There was a downside to Durant becoming more vocal and expressive. He was hit with 12 technical fouls this season, as many as he's received combined in his first five years. He also was ejected for the first time in his career and picked up his first career flagrant foul. Each time he vowed to chill out, Durant almost comically would pick up another technical.
Ball-security: C. While his playmaking improved, Durant's tendency to throw it away did not. He tallied a career-high 280 turnovers, the fourth most in the league. Much of that was a result of having the ball in his hands more than he ever has. Still, he had trouble both with dribbling in traffic and making sharp passes without them getting picked off.