Kevin Durant looks nigh on unstoppable on the court. Offensively, only Kevin Durant can stop Kevin Durant, because at 6’11 he is taller than all guards but is too athletic for almost all forwards.
Of course, there’s always room for improvement, but it’s difficult to zero in on one particular aspect of his game that needs urgent work.
Kendrick Perkins his teammate has an idea.
“I feel like he could get stronger, in my opinion,” Perkins said. “I think that would help him a lot. I told him all the good and great players that played the game, from Jordan, Kobe, LeBron, they all put size on them, and it helped them. (The Oklahoman)
This sounds exactly like what he was hearing in 2007 before entering the NBA. Back then, analysts highlighted his lack of strength as a potential stumbling block.
Arguably, it hasn’t hindered his efficacy. The 25 year old has already led his team to an NBA Finals and has won the scoring title four times.
But just like LeBron James learnt to use his strength to post–up and finally broke through to win his first championship, bulking up can do a similar thing for Durant.
“Seems like there was possessions he was tired,” Perkins said of Durant. “But, like I said, I think that’s (when) getting in the weight room plays a factor. Cause then you could let your body take over.”
There were times in the playoffs when Durant was guarded by a “little guy”, like 6’0 Chris Paul or 6’1 Mike Conley. Posting up would take these players out of the game and better create opportunities for his teammates by forcing more double teams.
Will he heed Perkins’ advice? Only Kevin can make that decision. It’s not easy an easy thing to do, but Durant hates being second, and building his muscles will only increase the likelihood of reaching first place.