Remember when everyone was telling LeBron James to go into the post more? He did and then he won his first NBA title.
Get ready for everybody to start telling that to Kevin Durant now. The good news though: Durant is going into the post more and he’s bulking up too.
“I hope so,” Durant told The Oklahoman when told he looked bigger. “I guess we’ll know when we start banging during the season. But I feel a little bigger, and coach is going to put me down low a little bit more at the 4 so I’ve got to be stronger to guard those guys. I’m just looking forward to doing as much as I can to help this team.”
The biggest knock on Durant has always been his thin frame. He’s still definitely skinny but the more he fills out, the better because the Thunder are going to need him to start scoring more in the post.
The Thunder were 24th in the league last season scoring 0.77 points per possession on post-up plays and those plays accounted for just 6.71 percent of their offense. They almost never posted up which is something that is rare for teams that win NBA titles.
Durant accounted for most of the post-up offense. He posted up 10.5 percent of the time last season which is an increase from the last two years when he posted up 5.7 and 6.5 percent of the time.
Durant scored 0.89 points per possession on post-up plays which is decent but not great. He shot just 42.5 percent from the field however from the post, a number that he can definitely improve upon.
Bulking up will help with that a lot. Playing in the post is all about scoring while accepting contact. Durant still struggles with this at times especially while in the post when he looks the least comfortable.
The Thunder are on the right track though. They have advanced further in the playoffs in each of the last three years and seem destined to win an NBA title in the near future.
The offense has improved for OKC too becoming more efficient even in the playoffs. The next step for the Thunder is developing some kind of offense from the post and that starts with Durant.