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Durant managed to pull down 7.4 defensive rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks per game which isn’t bad at all. As a comparison, NBA MVP LeBron James had 6.4 defensive rebounds, 1.9 steals and 0.8 blocks per game.
Surprisingly comparable, right?
The only thing is that a player's defensive ability cannot be judged strictly on statistics—whereas offense often can be.
For instance, LeBron James has guarded all five positions on the floor at some point and Durant isn’t at that point yet. You cannot quantify the value of that.
Durant, however, has the ability to do so because his long arms enable him to compete with the league’s taller players as well as the shorter ones who may have a step advantage over him.
The key is consistency and versatility.
If he can shut down opposing forwards for long stretches during games and possibly defend guards and centers when asked to, Durant will shed the reputation of a weaker defender. He already showed glimpses of his true defensive potential when he shut down Kobe Bryant during the playoffs in the fourth quarter.