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5 Things Kevin Durant Must Do to Silence Critics in 2012-13

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5 Things Kevin Durant Must Do to Silence Critics in 2012-13
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Anyone who's still critical of Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant probably also has a problem with puppies, modern medicine and democracy. At just 24 years old, KD has made three trips to the All-Star Game, won three consecutive scoring titles and already visited the NBA Finals. Despite all that, some demanding critics might actually be justified in craving even bigger things from No. 35.

That seems unfair, doesn't it?

Considering the swath of destruction Durant has cut through the league in his brief career, asking him to do even more feels a little like watching Moses part the Red Sea and saying, "That's great, pal, but what else ya got?"

That's just it, though: KD's superhuman talent has everyone expecting production of biblical proportions.

Nobody criticizes, say, Luol Deng for failing to get his team over the hump in key playoff games. That's because Deng's a good player—not a great one. Because of Durant's brilliance, it somehow seems appropriate to hold him to a higher standard, to require more.

The amazing thing is that OKC's sixth-year stud is already doing things this season to silence critics that might knock his average defense, lack of a post game and No. 2 status in the league's superstar hierarchy.

Sure, anyone ridiculous enough to actually criticize Durant is either a fool, a fan of straw-man arguments or Skip Bayless (which are all sort of the same thing), but just for the sake of discussion, let's dig deeper into the ways KD can respond to his detractors.

Here's what Durant's got to do to make his critics eat their words.

 

Note: All stats accurate through games played Dec. 11.

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