One of the most popular things to do in the summers for NBA players these days is to get post moves help from Hakeem Olajuwon.
Recently, Olajuwon came out and talked about a few players he thought would benefit from working out with him. One of the players he mentioned was Kevin Durant.
Durant developing a post game is definitely on the to-do list for him taking the next step as a player. He is already efficient down there, but still doesn’t always look comfortable and could definitely improve down there.
However, I don’t know that the Olajuwon school of posting up is exactly what Durant needs.
When you think about how Olajuwon was great in the post, it was all about footwork and great pivoting. While those things could surely help Durant in the post, KD trying to emulate what Olajuwon did down there just doesn’t seem like a realistic fit.
Durant will never be someone to post up as much as Olajuwon, or do so as close to the basket. That is why I think the player KD should imitate the most with post-up moves is Dirk Nowitzki.
Now, Durant has clearly already taken an interest in Dirk and his post moves. Durant has been working on the fadeaway off one foot that is a signature move by Dirk. That wasn’t all Dirk is about though with his post moves.
Imagine Durant becoming Dirk 2.0 with his post game in the low and high post. I feel like this is the best case scenario for Durant developing into an even more lethal player. Even if Durant emulated what Kobe Bryant does out of the high post, seems like the best fit for him in developing his game.
The one thing we all can agree on is that Durant needs to start posting up more. He knows this, the coaching staff knows this, everyone does. The more he does it, the better it will be for him and the Thunder.