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I could just post the final grade for Kevin Durant, and you would understand why it's so high. But I shall elaborate.
It wasn't an MVP season for Durant. He didn't even claim his fourth consecutive scoring title. However, Durant showed monumental improvement in his efforts to be the all-around superstar that a true championship team needs.
Plenty of players can put up big scoring numbers, but how many of them can make the right passes or pull down rebound after rebound? Not many.
That's what separated Durant from other scorers this season. In addition, he improved on the defensive end.
Durant has become a versatile weapon for the Thunder, since he's able to help out in just about every way possible. No longer is he the guy you can count on for 20-30 points on any given night, but you can also count on him stuffing the box score with assists, rebounds, steals and blocks.
If that weren't enough, Durant has also stepped up on scoring efficiency by becoming just the sixth member of the exclusive 50-40-90 club. That means he shot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three and 90 percent from the line. This is something people in the basketball field would refer to as "not that easy to do."
In the playoffs, Durant was forced to become the one and only star for the Thunder. With Westbrook watching from the sidelines, Durant did everything in his power to carry his team as far as possible.
However, his inexperience in a scenario like this swept over him, and lacking a reliable second option on offense led to some forced shots and frustration.
You can't knock Durant for not carrying the Thunder farther than he did, though, considering he was playing without his wingman against a quality defensive team in the Memphis Grizzlies.
As a whole, it was another fantastic year in the still young career of Durant. But none of these numbers or accolades mean nearly as much as the sweet taste of championship gold, which is what he and the Thunder are aiming for next season.
Final Grade: A+