Oct 17, 2013; Tulsa, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) handles the ball against New Orleans Pelicans small forward Al-Farouq Aminu (0) during the third quarter at BOK Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

OKC Thunder: Are people starting to forget how good Kevin Durant is?

While I was watching Oklahoma City’s last preseason game vs. New Orleans in Tulsa, I couldn’t help but realize just how great Kevin Durant is.

I know this sounds silly because of course pretty much all of us look at him as the second best player in the world.

Durant just looked so mature and like he has as much command of the game than he ever has. He can do more than just score, he understands how to pick his spots better, and he’s simply unguardable on most occasions.

There is usually an arc in every player’s career. When they are young and their talent is exciting, they can become overrated as we base how good they are on only their best moments and the potential we see in them.

Then a few years later as they start to really become that great player night in, night out, we start rating them appropriately.

Once they have been on that level for a few years, we begin to take them for granted, and maybe even start to underrate what they do.

LeBron has certainly experienced this type of arc in his career. I am getting a feeling that Durant may be entering that territory as well.

With Westbrook out 4-6 weeks and a lot of untested players being needed to perform this season, many are as low on the Thunder as they have been in awhile. It’s more popular to come up with reasons to pick teams like Houston, Golden State and the Clippers to finish ahead of them in the standings.

Critics are saying that the Thunder will take a step back this season. What they are forgetting is that Serge Ibaka, Westbrook and most importantly, Durant, are all going to improve as always.

It wasn’t long ago that Durant without Russ and Harden meant a Thunder team that would be struggling to make the playoffs. But that time is not now. Durant is too good.

People are sleeping on Durant and that’s fine, I totally understand why. I have a feeling Durant may even prefer it that way.

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