By winstonharris on August 27, 2014
Kevin Durant is considered by most to be one of the top two players in the NBA right now. As a superstar, he is under constant scrutiny and every move is observed with the media microscope. As he heads into the new season, there will be many questions surrounding one of the biggest talents in the game. Here are five of the biggest questions surrounding Durant in 2014-15.
For the past few seasons, Durant has been on a mission to erase his “nice guy” persona. His new found aggression will hopefully translate into wins. Last season, he tied for the most technical fouls (16) in the NBA and was tied for eighth the season before with 12 technicals. This after only accumulating five total in the 2012 season, which saw an NBA Finals appearance from Durant.
While Durant is one of the most skilled offensive players of all time, he still has much room for improvement. Last offseason, he received much ridicule over working out with LeBron James. Whatever he learned, he used to win his first NBA Most Valuable Player trophy at the expense of James. Durant must come back with a new weapon in his arsenal.
For a stretch in the playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies last season, Durant wasn’t at his best (shooting 15-of-45 over a two-game stretch). The title of “Mr. Unreliable” popped up after and the rest is history. Or is it? Durant must prove to his teammates and the league that he is not just reliable, but he is the reigning NBA MVP for a reason.
In an interview last season, Durant admitted to being tired of second place in his life. This reference had mostly to do with LeBron James and the year after year defeat in the MVP voting (until last season), not to mention the 2012 NBA Finals loss. This season, Durant will have another chance to prove who is the dominant alpha male of the league.
Kevin Durant’s biggest competition may be playing on his own team. The dynamic “offensive” duo of Durant and Russell Westbrook haven’t proven they are capable of winning together. Even though Durant has always reaffirmed his belief in his point guard’s shoot-first style of play, it's obvious that it inhibits Durant's ability to reach his full potential and the team’s as well.
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