Rip City Project is getting ready for the start of the playoffs. To preview the highly anticipated Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers series, we take a look at our third player match up: Blazers’ Wings vs. Kevin Durant
Now the Warriors have Kevin Durant.
Kevin Durant, Making a Great Team Even Better?
2016/17 Stats Per Basketball Reference: 25 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.1 steals,1.6 blocks. 53.5 FG%. 36.7 3PT%. 87.9 FT%
This is his first year with the Golden State Warriors and it was a very successful run before he was injured. He missed 20 plus games because of a hurt knee, but has since returned and looks like the same player he was before the injury.
Durant gets plenty of easy looks with this team. He plays off ball and gets open shots running off screens. It helps that the Warriors offense is unselfish, free flowing and fast paced.
Durant doesn’t have all the pressure to score or make plays. He just relaxes, and lets the game come to him
Because of all this help, he has taken the least amount of FG attempts for his career with 16.6, bit has the highest FG% of his career with 53.5%.
When Durant does get the ball, he has space to get a shot off or make a play. This is unlike Oklahoma City when we has guarded tightly the whole game.
Durant is also way more than just a world class scorer. He has a career high in rebounds, and blocks this year while playing the least amount of minutes in his career at 33.5 MPG.
Durant is one of the top 5 players in the league.
There is no stopping him, he can close his eyes and score 20 points,grab 5 boards and block 3 shots.
The Blazers can’t stop Durant from getting his, but they can make him work for it.