The skinny phenom Kevin Durant has slipped under the cracks in his NBA career already.
Although winning Rookie of the Year last season, he hasn't shown his All-Star ability and potential that Texas fans know he has. When will this prodigy step his game up and become a star?
Durant played only one season in College before being drafted into the NBA. In that time he averaged 25.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and almost two blocks per game, being named the Big 12 Tournament Most Valuable Player. At just 18, big things were expected from this kid.
Durant showed in his rookie season that his 74 inch wingspan wasn't there for no reason. He recorded 78 steals and 75 blocks in 80 games.
Along with his defensive skills, Durant proved that he was a consistent scorer averaging 20.3 points per game.
He also had a great free throw percentage shooting 87 percent from the charity strike.
At the 07-08 NBA Combine, Durant wasn't able to put up one rep of 185lbs on the bench press, proving that he didn't have a dominate NBA body entering the season.
During his rookie season he had a field goal percentage of 43 percent and 28 percent from behind the three-point arc. This showed Kevin took too many unnecessary shots.
In addition, Durant averaged only 4.4 boards per game, in contrast to the 11.1 he averaged in college, proving that he was being bullied around the block.
Kevin Durant is a solid fantasy player because of how much he can score.
His athleticism enables him to steal and block shots which a lot of players at his position cannot do.
His rebounding numbers are below average for his position and his assists are too low to contribute any fantasy impact.
He is worth having as a number two or three guard or forward, depending on eligibility, which is dependent on your fantasy league.
So what exactly is going to happen to Durant this season?
Kevin doesn't look any bigger, muscle-wise, than he did last season. Grabbing more rebounds will clearly be a problem for him, again.
Along with that, his team isn't much of a contender in the Western Conference. He has to step up his game if he wants to get noticed more.
Will Durant become a superstar?
From my point of view, it looks like Durant will never become a superstar.
He is stuck on a team that doesn't have a chance to compete in the Western Conference. The Thunder don't have the potential to make the playoffs for at least another two or three seasons.
Kevin doesn't have All-Star numbers, he needs to grab more boards per game, and he needs major improvement in the assist category, and if he wants to get noticed more, he needs to get his team some wins this season.
Kevin Durant is a solid scorer that has potential to improve, but superstar status is far away for this 20-year-old sophomore.