Kevin Durant is perhaps the NBA’s best player, and last season became the league’s youngest scoring champion ever. But for Durant and Oklahoma City to take the next step and become a championship contender, Durant needs to score less, and make his teammates more involved.
When Kevin Durant takes too many shots, the Thunder are a much easier team to defeat. Durant needs to share the ball more, and look to get his young teammates more offensive touches early in the game.
Power forward Jeff Green is a good player, but has not had his breakout season yet. Durant would be wise to make it a priority to involve Green in the offense early, and build Jeff’s confidence. All the great teams share the ball, and do not rely on a single offensive threat most nights. Whenever Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers takes too many shots, the Lakers are a much less dangerous team. Kobe has made a habit of getting his teammates involved early, especially since the arrival of forward Pau Gasol in 2008.
Durant can score any time he wants, but making his teammates better will determine if he really is a great player, one who elevates the game of everyone around him.