Kevin Durant Keeps Up Monster Production for Oklahoma City Thunder in Westbrook’s Absence
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been playing without Russell Westbrook for nine games after Saturday night’s contest with the Milwaukee Bucks. Though the Thunder are just 5-4 over that stretch, they have still continued to look like one of the NBA’s best team. That’s in large part due to the ridiculous numbers that Kevin Durant has been putting up.
In the Thunder’s 101-85 victory over the lowly Bucks on Saturday, Durant put up a game-high 33 points while also adding seven assists, 10 boards and a block. To make it even more impressive considering his usage in the offense right now, he still shot 8-18 from the floor, 2-5 from downtown and 15-17 from the charity stripe.
Considering that he’s playing without his fellow star in OKC right now, Durant’s production lately has been just off the charts. Over the last nine games for the Thunder, KD is averaging 34.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocks per game while still shooting a solid 48.2 percent from the field, hitting 33.9 percent of his threes and knocking down 88.8 percent of his foul shots.
Arguably the most impressive stat for Durant over this stretch is the fact that he’s still been able to play smart and in control, evidenced by the fact that he’s only turning the ball over 1.9 times per game right now.
We all know by now that Durant is one of the league’s best. However, if he can maintain this level of play with Westbrook sidelined and keep the Thunder near the top of the West, that narrative and production might be enough for him to supplant LeBron James as the MVP of the league. Regardless of awards and such, though, it’s incredible to watch the things that Durant is capable of on a basketball court, especially right now.