Monday, September 6th, 2010 at 12:50 pm  |  36 responses

Bull’s-Eye on Kevin Durant, Thunder?

The Oklahoman warns KD and the team that, due to recent success, they will face big-time pressure in the upcoming season: “There was a moment in each of Team USA’s five preliminary-round games in the FIBA World Championship that spoke to what kind of season the Oklahoma City Thunder could be in store for. The scene didn’t unfold on the court or the sideline. In fact, you didn’t see it at all. It was heard, emitting from the broadcast booth like a sonic boom. Whenever Kevin Durant manufactured a fall-away jumper or a fast-break dunk, the fawning would begin. ESPN color commentator Fran Fraschilla invariably insisted Durant, 21, is so immensely talented that he would be among the top two players picked, perhaps even the top overall selection, in any hypothetical world basketball draft. As if the Thunder hasn’t harvested enough hype following a stirring 50-win season that ended with a rack of awards and a riveting playoff series, OKC must now bear the burden of possessing a player some are openly considering the best in the world. A part of it doesn’t compute considering the Thunder won just 23 games in 2008-09. But there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for the high praise.”

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  • The Philosopher

    Keep rollin’, Kevin.
    Keep rollin’.
    I wouldn’t be upset if he gets The MVP this coming season.
    Actually, I hope he gets it.

  • KING

    Baby Ice aka Durantula

  • JTaylor21

    Now way in HELL is KD even remotely close to being the best or gets taken first in a fantasy NBA draft, NO WAY. People are acting like what he did last year was some ground breaking sh*t and the best thing since sliced bread, CHILD PLEASE!

  • Overtime

    Jtaylor, even remotely close? Bit of a stretch I think. The lowest Durant would be taken is like 5th? PLus, what he did last year WAS ground-breaking, i.e, being the youngest scoring champion in NBA history

  • tavoris

    JTaylor-look at the numbers. Personally-I’d still pick Lebron first, but there’s no way anybody else’s ceiling is higher than Durant’s. That dude is ONLY 21, and is already maybe the most efficient scorer the league has seen since MJ.

  • Jose

    If we’re talkin Fnatasy draft on NBA Live or 2k then Kevin Durant is lways my 2nd preferenece (i pick DWade 1st by bias)

  • JTaylor21

    People, like I said he isn’t close to being the first pick, damn take time to read comments before you respond.

  • sisco

    Uhhhh….. 30 pts a game, 21 year old scoring champ??? Nuff said, heat fan here, but durant would deserve mvp over bron next year

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Lebron is gonna come top 2-3 in every major statistical category….you’d be a fool not to take him. KD will lead the league in scoring again though..

  • tavoris

    I read ur comments. ESPN has him rated #1. He was second in MVP voting last year. He’s improved exponetially each season so far. Lebron, Wade, and Bosh will all have a dip in stats. Kobe is getting older.
    Lebron is still a better player (by a wide margin), but from a fantasy perspective, it’s tough to pick anyone ahead of Durant.

  • tavoris

    @Kamla-Lebron’s assists, rebounds, blocks, steals, and points are all gonna drop this season. The Heat aren’t really a running team. Plus, Wade is too much of an alpha dog to just hand the ball to Lebron and get out his way. For the sake of chemistry, they MUST give Bosh plenty of touches.

  • tavoris

    Oh, and he still sucks at shooting the ball. High percentages from volume scorers don’t come along very often. Plus, if you’ve ever seen Durant shoot the ball, you know that he’s a low-post threat away from being a 50-40-90 guy for the rest of his career.

  • JTaylor21

    @Tavors, weren’t we talking about who would be the first pick in a proverbial NBA draft and that’s why I said that KD wouldn’t be the first pick but he will be in the top-5. Also I don’t understand how bron’s blocks, steals, assists and even rebound would go down this season when he doesn’t have to focus on being the ONLY scoring threat. It gives him time and energy to focus on the defensive end, setting teammates up, and rebounding. I don’t think that the heat will stick to the same slow pace that they ran last year due to the fact that they’ve added two of the best athletes in their respective positions which would need for them to take advantage of that and speed up the pace.

  • tavoris

    @JTaylor-ESPN has Durant rated as the #1 fantasy player.

  • JTaylor21

    @Tavoris, I am talking about a proverbial NBA PLAYER DRAFT with players that are currently in the league not that fantasy bull.

  • tavoris

    JTaylor21 Posted: Sep.6 at 1:10 pm
    Now way in HELL is KD even remotely close to being the best or gets taken first in a fantasy NBA draft,

    You said it dude, not me.

  • total scrotal implosion

    Id draft chris paul no 1. Maaaybe bron

  • The Philosopher

    The Fantasy aspect is cool.
    Making more money every night is better.
    In my opinion, anyway.

  • JTaylor21

    @Tavoris you misunderstood my comment. I was talking about a fantasy NBA draft meaning that it will never occur in REALITY.

  • wilz

    why mention 08-09 at all..really

  • tavoris

    How did I misunderstand your statement? It was pretty concise. Maybe you misrepresented your point by trying to be snarky.

  • thor

    Haha nice @tavoris

  • tavoris

    thor-what’s really funny is I am agreeing with him. I just pointed out the flaw in his earlier comment.

  • JTaylor21

    @Tavoris, how is it concise when you’re thinking that I’m talking about fantasy basketball were regular folks pick players and then get points depending on how the perform but I’m ACTUALLY talking about what Fran Fraschilla said about KD being the top overall selection, in any hypothetical world basketball draft. DAMN, if you don’t understand exactly what I’m getting at with that explanation, you never will.

  • tavoris

    lol @ JTaylor still tryin to explain what he meant, when I’ve already said that I agreed with him.

  • Feez22

    With lebron being with 2 of the top 9 scoters last season his points will go down. But his, blocks, steals, fg percentage, 3pt percentage will all go UP. his assists may stay somewhere at 7-8 but again fantasy isn’t all about scoring. Keep that in mind. With that bein said I would pick either cp3 or lebron 1st overall.

  • Feez22

    Besides we are using reg season statistics to say that durant will be better than bron. Why is this a double standard? We use playoff winning to see who is better between Kobe and bron IGNORING stats. To put this into perspective, durant was shut down in the playoffs by artest his 3rd yr and lebron took the pistons the reigning eastern conf champs to the brink of game 7 in the conf semis in his 3rd yr. If we are going to judge kobe and lebron by playoff success it’s only FAIR to do the same with durant. In that case lebron in his 3rd yr>durants 3rd yr nevertheless now. Again scoring isn’t everything. Other than scoring and rebounding durant is a below avg defender, below avg passer and wasn’t the thunders best player in the playoffs. Enough said.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    The whole thing about the broadcasters hyping him up to be top 2 in the NBA…. I think it is actually to remind people who think this is a B team that this team does have a major superstar. ESPN has their tricks to brainwash people.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    regular season MVP within the next 3 years.. (I promised myself I’d never say it, but hell) – BOOK IT!!

  • abaci

    Just because a team is good one year it doesn’t necessarily mean they will be good the next. Anyone remember the hornets from a few years back? I’m a HUGE Durant fan by the way.

  • Daio

    Actually, I am real impressed with Durant. It’s tough to bang with bigger dudes when you’re that thin. I can only imagine once he starts putting on weight (hopefully keeping speed and agility). He could easily add a couple more digits to his scoring average if he got a little bigger, I think, since he’s a string bean power forward with 2 skills.

    The best? Not yet. He could be, especially if he wins a ring soon. But the way Lebron stacked the chips…

    OKC versus MIA for the Finals would be hot, though.

  • Ronald

    @abaci: Agreed, especially teams with a lot of young talent and even moreso when they get near the end of their deals.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^^^ Dammit The Seed, LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE!!!

  • DevilMayCare

    Durant is a great scorer, but doesn’t have the complete package yet. All of this praise is really just because of his personality. Also, I hate the fact that PGs are never in the conversation when discussing best players in the L. Being a good scorer doesn’t equate to being a good all around basketball player.


    Remember how hyped up the Hornets were the season following 2008 Playoffs, in which Chris Paul’s Hornets took the Spurs to 7 games in the 2nd round. CP3 then re-signed with the Hornets, then they got James Posey in free agency with their MLE. The Hornets were immediate contenders entering the 2008-09 season. Then the wheels came off, and they got completely thrashed by the Nuggets in the first round of the 2009 Playoffs, and COY Byron Scott eventually gets fired the following season, and the Hornets didn’t even qualify for the 2010 playoffs. I could see things unfolding like this for the Thunder after taking the Lakers to 6 games in the 1st round of these past playoffs.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    The media has found a new golden boy! And i actually LIKE this one.