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Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 at 5:00 pm  |  42 responses

Kevin Durant Avoids Heaves at the Buzzer to Keep His Shooting Percentage High


You’ll occasionally see NBA players avoid taking desperation heaves at the end of quarters for a couple of reasons: they don’t think they can make the shot, and in some instances, they want to preserve their shooting percentage. Kevin Durant falls in the latter category, and it’s something OKC Thunder head coach Scott Brooks is against (inefficiency be damned). Russell Westbrook, meanwhile, is still very much Russell Westbrook. Per Daily Thunder: “We talked about it, about seven weeks ago maybe, couple months ago, and we talked about it,’ Brooks said. ‘I said ‘We have to shoot that shot. There’s still time in the game — shoot it.’ The only time we don’t shoot it is if we’re up and it’s the last seconds because you don’t want to do that. We had that talk and somebody on our team did not take it that same night, and then we all got on him,’ he said. ‘The next night, somebody made that shot.’ [...] How do Thunder players feel about the halfcourt heave? Should it be counted as an attempt? And do they pull the just-after-the-buzzer move? … Kevin Durant: ‘It depends on what I’m shooting from the field. First quarter if I’m 4-for-4, I let it go. Third quarter if I’m like 10-for-16, or 10-for-17, I might let it go. But if I’m like 8-for-19, I’m going to go ahead and dribble one more second and let that buzzer go off and then throw it up there. So it depends on how the game’s going.’ Russell Westbrook: ‘No. Nope … If I was considering about [statistics] I’d do a lot of shit different.’”

(H/T: TBJ)

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  • Dutch Rich

    Yeah we give those to Russ.

  • Name

    I’m leaning more towards Westbrook’s side in this one

  • Eli Cash

    disappointing to hear durant worrying about his stats so much

  • Conor

    Like LeBron.

    Willing to sacrifice the opportunity to score two or three points for one or two percent.

  • playa

    in this case Russel wins by a mile,that sh#t works in 2k12/13 but in real life,c’mon statistics who%es…

  • Max

    Westbrook and Kobe have a f*cking lot in common.
    The shooting alot and the swearing in answers.

  • LakeShow

    He’s just the only one that’s honest. You think Bron takes whatever shot is needed, or whatever shot is best for his FG%?
    Same with Nash and a few others.
    If you want gaudy FG% numbers you gotta be extra tentative to how and where you shoot the ball.
    I prefer, and appreciate more, Westbrook and KB’s thought process.
    They don’t care about stats, they just want to put put the ball in the bucket.

  • mike

    is there anything to gain about good stats? do you get paid more or something?

  • Durantarantula

    Yeah, look how everyone’s riding LeBrons d*ck for his shooting in his last 5 games, like he isn’t shooting only lay-ups and wide-open three’s

  • Happy

    Kobe doesn’t care about stats? He may not care about efficiency or having well-rounded stats, but he does care about his scoring numbers.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    same here.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    russ>kd. in this situation

  • Caboose

    Kobe doesn’t care about stats. That’s funny.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Oh, so shooting layups and wide open threes is bad basketball now? The most efficient and most cost effective shots on the court? News to me.

  • Caboose

    Yeah, your opinion isn’t biased at all…

  • TBRK

    I’d figure if you are already having a bad night from the field what difference does it make to hoist one up??? If I was 5-5 from 3 I’m not gonna hoist crap lol, i’m tryna see if I can’t break a record our here lol

  • TBRK

    I think its refreshing that he is that concerned about his stats. It obviously means he’s taking strides to become a more efficient player. The metric of that is the stat sheet…period. He’s 50-40-90….something I don’t think has ever been accomplished by a guy who shoots with his volume EVER…gotta be a little self-conscious

  • rande3p

    that shot should always be taken (unless its a turnover worry issue).. who cares about stats in this case.. c’mon son

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Larry Bird

  • TBRK

    true…KD still shooting significantly more 3′s than Legend tho…Larry had only 2 seasons like that, both when he was 30-31…..to think KD hasn’t even touched his prime yet kid is 24

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    I don’t see anything wrong with KD’s thinking. There is nothing wrong with caring about shooting a good percentage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I know….KD and Lebron are going to own this league for quite some time

  • KBM

    What an awesome comment.

  • King David

    i luv Russell Westbrook!!!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    fadeaway long two over a double team or it didn’t happen.

  • Nope

    one of the reason bron keeps his s% up is because he drives hard to the rim, gets fouled, and mashes in the and 1. if he makes it, it’s a made attempt. misses? doesn’t count. im sure there’s a stat somewhere for most and 1s on the season, and im sure bron is probably first. he’s a beast machine.

  • Drig

    fadeaway long two over a double team while being forced out of bounds on the base line or it doesn’t even count lol.

  • Inyourface

    Oh yea, that’s why he’s dishing so much now…

  • Anthony Dixon

    why take a pointless shot?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    I am not against what KD is saying at all because at the end of the game he will take the needed shot to win the game without hesitation. Why waste energy on a shot that will have more of a negative affect on your TEAM. Its not like he is tied for the win and refusing to launch up a 35 footer with a second left just to keep a high FG%. Bron just believes in making the best basketball play which is what makes him so astounding he doesn’t just pass up shots he looks to expand his teams scoring options by not limiting them to just himself.

  • 23

    Wasn’t Nash like a 20 ppg guy when he did that?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    9 assists, 8 turnovers. 1-8 shooting for 4 points. Whenever that qualifies as a good game, you let me know.

  • Matt

    A half-court heave shouldn’t expend that much energy lol…

  • Matt

    The most efficient shots in basketball. Lebron’s top three in the league at finishing at the rim. It’s perfect he’s shooting a lot there.

  • Matt

    If Larry played nowadays, he would have shot at least 5 threes a game lol… No one shot threes back then.. Of course, we would have to see if Larry Bird could maintain a high efficiency while shooting a high volume.

  • Inyourface

    You miss the complete point. And you take one game of all the games and present that as his usual type of game? Good for you, I hope you do something with computers in real-life and not communication.

  • Happy

    Only this season, he cares about his assists too. Not nearly as much as scoring, but if you’re going to disregard every last statement he’s made about how much of a scorer he is–including bragging about how he is second only to Wilt and above MJ–go right ahead. It’s stupid, but you go ahead and do it.

  • Happy

    If he didn’t care about his stats he wouldn’t have been forcing those assists. But I stand behind my point, which is that his main priority has always been his scoring numbers.

  • Inyourface

    Maybe he just scored a lot of points because he was the best scorer in the league for a long time? Maybe he is dishing now because that’s what the teams needs to win? Maybe statistics are a only result of his displays, and not a cause for his playing style? Ever thought about that? I got the idea that the man just wants to win ball games, and that scoring numbers just come along for the ride because that’s what he was best at for a long time. Never seen him do the same thing as KD here or anything in the same category. That’s caring about stats.

  • Happy

    With most other players. Not with Kobe. And he scored a lot of points because he took a lot of shots. A LOT. Many of those shots were ill advised and unnecessary. Maybe you’d have a point if he didn’t have a history of shooting his team out of games. Maybe you’d have a point if the past few seasons his teams didn’t lose when he scored 35-40 points. Maybe you’d have a point if he wasn’t gunning for the all-time scoring record. Maybe you’d have a point 90% of the time if he didn’t sacrifice playing respectable defense in order to get his on the other side of the court. You can believe whatever fairy tale about him you want but you are delusional if you think Kobe doesn’t care about stats. He doesn’t care about efficiency, which is entirely different that saying he doesn’t care about stats.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    It wouldn’t I was talking about shot selection in general lol my bad for straying off topic. But either way I don’t blame him for not taking it, if they want that shot to be taking then just give it to someone else lol simple as that.

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