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Monday, January 13th, 2014 at 3:20 pm  |  24 responses

Kevin Durant Says He’s Shooting Too Much

With Russell Westbrook on the bench in street clothes, Kevin Durant has little choice these days but to take on more responsibility on the offensive end. Still, the NBA’s leading scorer thinks he’s putting up too many shots (the OKC Thunder have gone 7-5 without Westbrook this season, and 5-4 since his latest knee surgery on Dec. 27). Per the Oklahoman:

“I’m not doing enough to help them,” Durant said of his teammates. “I’m shooting too much. I’m shooting too many 3s. I’m not helping them out at all. So it’s not on them.”

Durant averaged 18 shots with Westbrook in the lineup. He’s averaging 20.2 shots in 12 games without Westbrook and 22.1 in the past nine.

“The first few games without Russell, we did a great job moving the ball,” Durant said. “I think now I’m just flat out shooting too much. I have to find a way to get my teammates easier shots. I’ve been thinking these last few games in order for us to get it going I have to do it all offensively. But, nah, we have to do it together. It’s a great learning experience for me. It’s the first time I’ve really been in that type of position. But I just have to get everybody involved. I may have to pass up a few to find a better shot.”

Durant unveiled his new approach Saturday against Milwaukee. He turned down multiple good shots, especially in the first half, to get his teammates better shots. It wasn’t always pretty, and his decisions at times led to hesitation, over thinking and over passing. But ultimately, it worked. Of course, it helped that his teammates made shots, something they’ve struggled to do even when Durant has set them up. In the last nine games, Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb, Thabo Sefolosha, Derek Fisher and Kendrick Perkins — five players that make up more than a third of the Thunder’s offense — are all shooting below 42 percent.

Durant, meanwhile, has been blazing, with averages of 31.8 points, 11 rebounds and 4.4 assists while shooting 45.6 percent over that same span.

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  • the rain

    No one else can create their own shot on that team except KD and RW

  • playa

    Too much is never enough Kevin,you should know better!!!

  • playa

    Maybe Lamb and/or Jackson from time to time?? Dont watch their games,but it works in my 2k season so….

  • spit hot fiyah

    gilbert arenas feels u kg

  • bike

    Go easy on the Hookah KD. Where there is smoke, there is fire.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    if only the “other” Kevin in the NBA knew this could be detrimental to a team.

  • LakeShow

    Who would you choose to shoot more for the “other Kevin’s” team?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s not about who shoots more. it’s about the quality of shots. he shoots out of bad situations A LOT. just because he’s a better option in general, doesn’t mean a contested 18 footer with 2 defenders within arms reach of you is a better option then a bad player shooting a wide open jumper.

  • JJ Jones

    Kd needs to come to grips with the fact that’s he’s SCORER. He’s not lebron and he shouldn’t try to be. Mj shot more than kd does why because he’s the best option to score. Kd is hurting his own potential by trying to be someone he isn’t.

  • Evan Boland

    Jackson def can

  • NAs123

    I disagree. Yes, he is a scorer, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t try to expand his game. How old is he ? 25 ? He knows he can’t do it by himself. For him to realize that now, still at young age is great thing.

    He just has to find a balance. He can’t be TOO unselfish. They need him to score.

  • JJ Jones

    I’m not saying he can’t expand his game I’m just saying that he’s had instances where he forget who he was and tried to play too much like lbj. I’m not suggesting that he be selfish just that he stays aggressive which will open up looks for teammates instead of forcing passes early on without looking for his own shot.

  • Jer dawg

    I respect his wanting to be a team guy and involving everyone, but if he had more of the f you mentality, I think he would’ve been scoring around 38 ppg after Westbrook’s injury.
    Durant does have the scoring capabilities of a Kobe, but maybe better because he can consistently make 3 pointers. Why don’t more guys score 50? cuz they a little too polite.

  • JJ Jones

    U also have to take I to account that kobe is a of the most conditioned athletes of all time. Part of the the reason for his 60+ 81 point games is his freakish stamina that kd lacks by the time its the 4th quarter

  • candlewood jay

    *Than

  • danpowers

    no, kevin. youre not shooting enough lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    @Lockedonsports: The two worst rim defenders in the NBA (via player tracking) with 5 FGA per game at rim are Kevin Love (58.8%) and Nikola Pekovic (58%)

  • Brenda Thomas

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    ➤➤➤➤➤➤ ➤➤➤➤⥞➤➤ ➤➤➤➤ ➤➤➤➤ ➤➤➤⥗He just has to find a balance. He can’t be TOO unselfish. They need him to score.

  • NAs123

    Word. I understand what your saying. I agree.

  • Conor

    His humility used to be endearing, but now it’s humiliating, almost self-deprecating. First the hookah “controversy” and now this? Who, pray tell, would he propose his shots be redistributed to? Perkins? Fisher?

    He won’t win a championship until he becomes a killer like Westbrook and Kobe. Would Westbrook have said this if their fortunes were reversed? Not in a million seasons.

  • Conor

    They don’t score 50 more often because that tier is often reserved for the greatest scorers in the history of the game (ie: Wilt, Jordan, Kobe).

    Tim Duncan: “People don’t even give the sixty points the credit it deserves, how hard it is to score forty doesn’t get the credit it deserves. And to hear someone to do eighty-one, that’s above and beyond anything I could have imagined in modern-day.”

    Durant could be among those élite, consistently, but he lacks the willpower. It simply isn’t in his nature to be mean, and that’s what it takes. I hope he proves me wrong because I think he can be the GOAT.

  • Phil
  • LakeShow

    Why don’t you tell me something I don’t know?

    Actually I didn’t know that, but figured as much lol. Ugghh

    I blame management for signing Pek though. I knew this would be the case. The team would be better with someone like Larry Sanders(if he played) and we all knew that, but they signed who they knew they could get.

    We all know Love sucks at defense. That’s why they should have tried to shore up the defensive front-line with a center that cared about that side of the ball. Pisses me off.

    Come to LA Love…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i just saw that and had to post it somewhere lol, i wasn’t trying to break any news or anything. just thought, “f*ck, our eyes aren’t lying”

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