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2013-14 NBA Stats

PTS

32.0

REB

7.4

AST

5.5

STL

1.3

BLK

0.7

2014-15 NBA Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Fresh off winning his first MVP award, Durant enters his eighth year in the league as a superstar in every sense of the word. Durant played 39 minutes per game in 2013-14 and had his best scoring season (32.0 points per game) ever, while also dishing out a career-best 5.5 as...

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STATUS:  Out    INJURY:  Foot    EST. RETURN:  11/30/2014
HT: 6' 10"   WT: 220 lbs   DOB: 9/29/1988  College: Texas
DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #2 Overall in 2007   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a five-year extension with the Thunder in July 2010.

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Durant (foot) underwent successful surgery Thursday and will be re-evaluated in six weeks, Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman reports.

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Kevin Durant NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2007-08 18 80 34.6 20.3 4.4 2.4 1.0 0.9 0.7 43.0 87.3 2.9 0.9 3.5 2.6 28.8 7.3 17.1 4.9 5.6
2008-09 19 74 39.0 25.3 6.5 2.8 1.3 0.7 1.3 47.6 86.3 3.0 1.0 5.5 3.1 42.2 8.9 18.8 6.1 7.1
2009-10 20 82 39.5 30.1 7.6 2.8 1.4 1.0 1.6 47.6 90.0 3.3 1.3 6.3 4.3 36.5 9.7 20.3 9.2 10.2
2010-11 21 OKC 78 38.9 27.7 6.8 2.7 1.1 1.0 1.9 46.2 88.0 2.8 0.7 6.1 5.3 35.0 9.1 19.7 7.6 8.7
2011-12 22 OKC 66 38.6 28.0 8.0 3.5 1.3 1.2 2.0 49.6 86.0 3.8 0.6 7.4 5.2 38.7 9.7 19.7 6.5 7.6
2012-13 23 OKC 81 38.5 28.1 7.9 4.6 1.4 1.3 1.7 51.0 90.5 3.5 0.6 7.3 4.1 41.6 9.0 17.7 8.4 9.3
2013-14 24 OKC 81 38.5 32.0 7.4 5.5 1.3 0.7 2.4 50.3 87.3 3.5 0.7 6.7 6.1 39.1 10.5 20.8 8.7 9.9
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Kevin Durant – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#1 Small Forward
Also Listed As:  #2 Power Forward

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XAnthony Morrow

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XJeremy Lamb

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True Shooting Percentage

63.5%

True Shooting % in 2013-14

In 2013-14, Kevin Durant had a true shooting percentage of 63.5%.

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Kevin Durant NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2007-08 18 80 36.0 21.1 4.5 2.5 1.0 1.0 0.8 43.0 87.3 3.0 0.9 3.6 2.7 28.8 7.6 17.8 5.1 5.8
2008-09 19 74 36.0 23.3 6.0 2.6 1.2 0.7 1.2 47.6 86.3 2.8 1.0 5.1 2.9 42.2 8.2 17.3 5.6 6.5
2009-10 20 82 36.0 27.5 6.9 2.6 1.2 0.9 1.4 47.6 90.0 3.0 1.2 5.8 3.9 36.5 8.8 18.5 8.4 9.3
2010-11 21 OKC 78 36.0 25.6 6.3 2.5 1.0 0.9 1.7 46.2 88.0 2.6 0.7 5.6 4.9 35.0 8.4 18.2 7.0 8.0
2011-12 22 OKC 66 36.0 26.2 7.5 3.3 1.2 1.1 1.9 49.6 86.0 3.5 0.6 6.9 4.9 38.7 9.1 18.3 6.1 7.1
2012-13 23 OKC 81 36.0 26.3 7.4 4.3 1.3 1.2 1.6 51.0 90.5 3.2 0.5 6.9 3.9 41.6 8.4 16.5 7.8 8.7
2013-14 24 OKC 81 36.0 29.9 6.9 5.1 1.2 0.7 2.2 50.3 87.3 3.3 0.7 6.2 5.7 39.1 9.8 19.5 8.1 9.3
Preseason Projections 26 OKC 61 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for Kevin Durant

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Kevin Durant NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2007-08 18 80 2768 1624 348 192 78 75 59 43.0 87.3 232 70 278 205 28.8 587 1366 391 448
2008-09 19 74 2886 1871 482 205 96 53 97 47.6 86.3 225 77 405 230 42.2 661 1390 452 524
2009-10 20 82 3241 2472 623 231 112 84 128 47.6 90.0 271 105 518 351 36.5 794 1668 756 840
2010-11 21 OKC 78 3038 2161 533 214 88 76 145 46.2 88.0 218 57 476 414 35.0 711 1538 594 675
2011-12 22 OKC 66 2546 1850 527 231 88 77 133 49.6 86.0 248 40 487 344 38.7 643 1297 431 501
2012-13 23 OKC 81 3119 2280 640 374 116 105 139 51.0 90.5 280 46 594 334 41.6 731 1433 679 750
2013-14 24 OKC 81 3122 2593 598 445 103 59 192 50.3 87.3 285 58 540 491 39.1 849 1688 703 805
Preseason Projections 26 OKC 61 2349 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for Kevin Durant

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Kevin Durant NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2007-08 18 80 34.6 51.9 45.1 9.7 11.7 0.8 15.6
2008-09 19 74 39.0 57.7 51.0 10.0 11.0 0.9 22.7
2009-10 20 82 39.5 60.7 51.4 9.1 10.7 0.9 28.0
2010-11 21 OKC 78 38.9 58.9 50.9 9.4 9.6 1.0 24.9
2011-12 22 OKC 66 38.6 61.0 54.7 11.6 12.4 0.9 27.3
2012-13 23 OKC 81 38.5 64.7 55.9 15.5 11.6 1.3 30.4
2013-14 24 OKC 81 38.5 63.5 56.0 16.1 10.3 1.6 31.8
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Kevin Durant 2013-14 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Jun 2 at SAS                                
May 31 SAS 52 31 14 2 1 3 7 12 25 5 7 2 8 4 10 3
May 29 at SAS 37 25 5 2 1 1 1 11 21 1 4 2 6 1 4 0
May 27 SAS 41 31 5 5 3 1 0 11 22 7 9 2 4 0 5 1
May 25 SAS 36 25 10 3 1 1 4 8 19 8 8 1 4 3 7 3
May 21 at SAS 29 15 3 2 1 0 2 6 16 3 5 0 4 0 3 2
May 19 at SAS 41 28 9 5 0 1 6 10 19 4 4 4 7 1 8 4
May 17 LAC                                
May 15 at LAC 44 39 16 5 0 2 5 12 23 10 10 5 8 0 16 2
May 13 LAC 42 27 10 5 1 1 2 6 22 12 12 3 6 0 10 1
May 11 at LAC 45 40 7 3 2 2 8 12 24 15 18 1 7 1 6 3
May 9 at LAC 46 36 8 6 0 1 2 14 24 7 7 1 4 0 8 2
May 7 LAC 43 32 12 9 2 0 4 10 22 9 11 3 9 3 9 4
May 5 LAC 35 25 4 4 1 1 3 9 19 5 8 2 5 0 4 2
May 3 MEM 42 33 8 2 0 1 5 12 18 4 6 5 5 0 8 3
May 1 at MEM 43 36 10 2 1 1 3 11 23 14 15 0 6 2 8 3
Apr 29 MEM 52 26 8 2 0 0 6 10 24 3 6 3 8 3 5 1
Apr 26 at MEM 49 15 13 4 2 2 5 5 21 4 6 1 7 1 12 2
Apr 24 at MEM 49 30 9 3 2 5 5 10 27 10 13 0 8 3 6 1
Apr 21 MEM 45 36 11 4 0 2 1 12 28 7 8 5 12 2 9 3
Apr 19 MEM 43 33 8 7 1 0 3 13 25 4 6 3 7 1 7 1
Apr 16 DET 45 42 4 6 0 0 3 14 30 13 15 1 5 2 2 3
Apr 14 at NOP 43 25 7 6 1 1 7 9 23 4 6 3 9 1 6 1
Apr 13 at IND 42 38 4 1 1 0 1 13 27 10 10 2 11 0 4 1
Apr 11 NOP 30 27 6 5 1 2 1 10 18 7 9 0 2 1 5 1
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Apr 9 at LAC 41 27 3 4 2 0 2 8 26 10 11 1 7 1 2 3
Apr 8 at SAC 31 23 4 4 0 0 3 8 13 5 5 2 4 0 4 1
Apr 6 at PHO 43 38 11 3 2 0 3 13 28 8 10 4 15 2 9 0
Apr 4 at HOU 44 28 12 6 0 0 6 7 19 11 12 3 7 1 11 1
Apr 3 SAS 39 28 7 3 0 1 4 11 26 6 6 0 4 0 7 1
Mar 30 UTA 29 31 4 9 1 0 2 9 13 9 9 4 6 0 4 4
Mar 28 SAC 29 29 1 6 2 2 2 9 11 8 8 3 4 0 1 0
Mar 25 at DAL 51 43 5 6 1 0 5 15 27 8 8 5 11 1 4 3
Mar 24 DEN 31 27 4 8 2 0 5 10 21 6 7 1 7 0 4 0
Mar 21 at TOR 52 51 12 7 1 1 5 15 32 14 19 7 12 1 11 3
Mar 20 at CLE 36 35 11 6 0 1 1 12 21 8 9 3 8 2 9 2
Mar 17 at CHI 42 35 12 5 0 0 0 11 21 10 12 3 4 1 11 2
Mar 16 DAL 34 30 4 4 0 1 4 8 20 10 11 4 8 1 3 0
Mar 13 LAL 30 29 4 3 1 3 3 8 17 11 11 2 5 0 4 4
Mar 11 HOU 42 42 5 4 0 1 3 12 22 13 16 5 8 0 5 3
Mar 9 at LAL 42 27 10 12 0 0 5 8 19 7 11 4 11 1 9 4
Mar 6 at PHO 44 34 7 5 0 0 4 12 24 7 7 3 9 0 7 2
Mar 4 PHI 33 42 9 3 2 1 3 14 20 12 18 2 6 0 9 1
Mar 2 CHA 38 28 6 5 0 0 1 8 24 12 12 0 6 1 5 2
Feb 28 MEM 43 37 6 5 2 1 5 12 24 10 10 3 8 0 6 1
Feb 26 CLE 41 28 10 9 1 0 2 10 16 4 6 4 9 0 10 3
Feb 23 LAC 46 42 3 10 2 0 5 15 30 10 12 2 6 0 3 3
Feb 20 MIA 39 28 8 3 2 0 5 10 22 7 10 1 6 1 7 3
Feb 13 at LAL 42 43 12 7 3 0 6 14 33 12 12 3 13 0 12 2
Feb 11 at POR 38 36 10 2 1 0 8 15 28 5 5 1 3 2 8 4
Feb 9 NYK 40 41 10 9 1 2 3 12 22 13 18 4 7 0 10 3
Feb 7 at ORL 40 29 5 12 0 1 6 10 22 7 7 2 6 0 5 3
Feb 5 MIN 37 26 9 7 1 0 4 11 20 1 1 3 5 2 7 2
Feb 3 MEM 40 31 8 8 1 1 5 11 21 7 10 2 7 2 6 2
Feb 1 at WAS 38 26 4 7 0 0 5 8 21 10 10 0 6 1 3 2
Jan 31 at BKN 30 26 3 7 1 0 3 10 12 3 3 3 3 1 2 3
Jan 29 at MIA 40 33 7 5 2 0 4 12 23 5 5 4 9 0 7 3
Jan 27 ATL 43 41 4 5 2 3 4 15 25 6 8 5 7 1 3 0
Jan 25 at PHI 44 32 14 10 2 1 3 12 17 7 7 1 4 1 13 4
Jan 24 at BOS                                
Jan 22 at SAS 39 36 7 5 1 1 11 12 22 10 11 2 4 1 6 4
Jan 21 POR 38 46 5 4 0 0 4 17 25 6 7 6 7 0 5 2
Jan 19 SAC 32 30 6 9 4 2 3 10 15 7 9 3 5 1 5 1
Jan 17 GSW 44 54 4 6 2 1 5 19 28 11 13 5 9 1 3 1
Jan 16 at HOU 43 36 5 7 0 0 7 8 21 18 20 2 7 1 4 2
Jan 14 at MEM 41 37 4 4 1 0 4 15 28 7 9 0 4 0 4 2
Jan 11 MIL 40 33 10 7 0 1 2 8 18 15 17 2 5 1 9 1
Jan 9 at DEN 28 30 3 4 2 0 2 7 18 15 16 1 7 0 3 1
Jan 7 at UTA 45 48 7 5 4 2 0 14 34 17 19 3 13 0 7 2
Jan 5 BOS 27 21 7 8 3 0 0 6 13 9 10 0 1 0 7 2
Jan 4 at MIN 43 48 7 7 2 1 3 16 32 12 13 4 9 0 7 2
Jan 2 BKN 34 24 4 4 0 2 5 8 13 5 5 3 7 0 4 5
Dec 31 POR 40 37 14 3 1 0 1 12 26 10 12 3 9 3 11 3
Dec 29 HOU 38 33 13 5 1 1 2 11 17 8 9 3 5 0 13 3
Dec 27 at CHA 40 34 12 6 0 0 2 14 28 4 6 2 6 2 10 3
Dec 25 at NYK 32 29 7 6 2 0 2 10 16 5 6 4 6 0 7 3
Dec 22 TOR 37 24 8 3 0 0 6 5 16 12 12 2 7 1 7 2
Dec 21 at SAS 38 17 5 3 2 1 3 6 14 3 3 2 6 0 5 3
Dec 19 CHI 33 32 9 6 3 1 1 13 20 2 2 4 5 0 9 2
Dec 17 at DEN 38 30 6 3 2 0 2 11 23 6 7 2 4 0 6 3
Dec 15 ORL 37 28 9 5 1 2 2 11 18 4 5 2 3 0 9 1
Dec 13 LAL 31 31 8 5 4 1 2 10 13 8 8 3 5 0 8 2
Dec 11 at MEM 34 18 6 3 2 1 3 6 12 5 5 1 1 1 5 3
Dec 10 at ATL 37 30 10 5 1 2 5 9 21 11 15 1 3 1 9 2
Dec 8 IND 35 36 10 5 1 0 3 14 23 6 6 2 3 2 8 1
Dec 6 at NOP 36 29 8 4 2 3 2 11 17 5 5 2 5 0 8 1
Dec 4 at POR 39 33 7 0 1 2 4 11 23 10 12 1 3 1 6 1
Dec 3 at SAC 39 27 11 3 2 1 1 8 21 10 10 1 4 0 11 3
Dec 1 MIN 44 32 10 12 4 4 2 14 21 1 2 3 4 2 8 3
Nov 29 GSW 44 25 13 5 0 2 4 7 22 11 12 0 2 0 13 3
Nov 27 SAS 38 24 13 4 0 0 6 10 23 3 3 1 5 0 13 1
Nov 24 UTA 26 19 9 2 2 0 3 3 9 12 13 1 1 0 9 1
Nov 21 LAC 39 28 6 8 1 0 1 10 19 6 9 2 5 0 6 0
Nov 18 DEN 43 38 8 6 1 1 3 11 27 13 16 3 9 3 5 2
Nov 16 at MIL 37 24 5 2 1 0 3 7 15 7 7 3 5 1 4 1
Nov 14 at GSW 42 20 7 8 0 0 5 5 13 8 9 2 6 1 6 5
Nov 13 at LAC 42 33 6 10 2 0 5 8 18 15 17 2 6 1 5 4
Nov 10 WAS 46 33 13 6 0 1 5 12 23 8 9 1 4 3 10 3
Nov 8 at DET 44 37 8 7 3 1 3 9 15 17 19 2 3 2 6 3
Nov 6 DAL 37 23 3 10 2 0 5 7 16 8 9 1 2 1 2 2
Nov 3 PHO 40 33 10 1 2 0 3 10 19 11 13 2 5 1 9 1
Nov 1 at MIN 27 13 4 1 0 2 4 4 11 4 5 1 5 0 4 3
Oct 30 at UTA 39 42 6 1 3 0 5 9 24 22 24 2 8 0 6 1

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Kevin Durant: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Durant (foot) may be out for up to 10 weeks, personal trainer Tim S. Grover reports.

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Durant has a fracture in his right foot that will require surgery and is expected to sideline him for 6-8 weeks, the Oklahoman reports.

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Durant is not expected to play much in Wednesday's preseason opener versus the Nuggets, The Oklahoman reports.

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Durant has withdrawn from Team USA ahead of this summer's FIBA World Cup, citing physical and mental fatigue, Yahoo! Sports reports.

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Durant admitted he's unsure what will transpire when he becomes a free agent in 2016, NewsOK reports. "I'm going to do what's best for me," Durant said. "It's hard to talk about that right now when I've got two years left in Oklahoma City."

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Durant was named to the All-NBA First Team on Wednesday, NBA.com reports.

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Durant scored 31 points (12-25 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 5-7 FT) and grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds, blocking three shots and nabbing one steal in 52 minutes in Saturday's overtime, season-ending loss.

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Durant scored 25 points (11-21 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-4 FT) to go with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 37 minutes Thursday in San Antonio.

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Durant scored 31 points (11-22 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 7-9 FT) to go with five rebounds, five assists, three steals, a block and no turnovers in 41 minutes as the Thunder beat the Spurs on Tuesday.

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Durant was up to his normal shenanigans in Game 3 on Sunday by surmounting the Spurs and finishing with 25 points (8-19 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 8-8 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes.

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Durant scored 28 points (10-19 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT) to go along with nine rebounds and five assists in 41 minutes of the Thunder's Game 1 loss on Monday.

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Durant recorded 39 points (12-23 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 10-10 FT), 16 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks in 44 minutes Thursday.

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2014-15

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2013-14

Durant's shooting percentages all improved last season, and his 51 percent field-goal percentage and 91 free-throw percentage both marked career highs. His 42 three-point shooting percentage was his best rate since his sophomore season and easily marked his most efficient rate since he started attempting four-plus threes per game in 2009-10. Unfortunately, this jump in efficiency coincided with a dip in attempts, going from 5.2 hoists from long range in 2011-12 to 4.1 attempts per game last season. His attempts were down across the board last year, and not surprisingly, he dished out a career-high 4.6 assists per game, as he handled the ball a lot more with James Harden out of the picture. All this slight role change means is that Durant is as valuable as he's ever been in fantasy, and with the departure of Kevin Martin, the onus to carry the team for long stretches at a time will be even more enhanced in 2013-14.

2012-13

Durant won his third-straight scoring title last season, averaging 28 points per game while shooting a career-high 49.6 percent from the floor. He also had career highs in three-pointers per game (2.0), rebounds (8.0), assists (3.5), blocks (1.2). All of the Thunder’s key rotation pieces remain intact, and they will undoubtedly be hungry to return to the NBA Finals behind Durant and Russell Westbrook. What’s scary is that Durant is clearly still improving, and there’s no reason he can’t put up even better numbers in 2012-13. He played in every game last season. Doing so for the second time in the last three years. Durant will surely be No. 1 on many draft boards this year, and it’s hard to argue that he’s not as valuable as any other player in fantasy due to his across-the-board contributions.

2011-12

Durant was the top-ranked fantasy player last season and should be the first player taken in almost all league formats this year because he contributes above-average stats in virtually every category. He was one of only two players to average over one block, three-pointer, and steal per game last season (Rudy Gay was the other). Durant’s also a gamer; it takes a significant injury for Durant even to consider sitting out, and only four other players averaged more minutes last season. And for the second straight season, he led the league in scoring. But beyond his gaudy counting numbers, Durant is also efficient with the ball, shooting 46 percent from the floor and 88 percent from the line last season. He’ll be just 23 years old this year, meaning there’s still room for his game to grow. It’s legitimately possible that Durant could improve his rebound, assist, steal, block and three-point numbers over the next few seasons.

2010-11

Although some owners might be moving Durant up a notch in their draft lists because of LeBron's departure from the Cleve for a star-heavy situation in Miami, LeBron's situation doesn't really matter at all here: Durant was the better fantasy option last season, too. Of course, that's not to say it wasn't close – and, depending on league formats, there are probably instances where LeBron was more valuable – but given his performance in 2009-10 and that he's very likely still improving, Durant is now inescapably the number one player in fantasy basketball. Instead of looking at his obvious strengths (scoring, rebounding), it probably makes sense to address what might be Durant's only weakness: assists. Over his three years in the NBA, the Durantula has stayed pretty static here, recording 2.4, 2.8, and then 2.8 again per game. Will that number increase? Likely not by much. Thing is, it doesn't really need to improve for Durant to reign supreme in fantasy rankings – and that's because of his greatest strength. No, it's not scoring, but free-throw shooting. Last year, Durant not only shot 90 percent exactly (756-for-840) from the charity stripe, but he also led the league with 840 free-throw attempts on the season – or, just over 10 per game. Overall, between his ability to get to the line and his efficiency once there, Durant proved to be the best overall player in the free-throw shooting category, considerably outpacing players like Dirk Nowitzki and Chauncey Billups.

2009-10

Credit head coach Scott Brooks for realizing that the ‘Durantula’ was much better suited to small forward than shooting guard. The move allowed Durant to open his game up considerably and utilize every weapon in his offensive arsenal, vaulting him to an unprecedented level of production. During the 43-game stretch between his move to small forward and his ankle injury in late-February, Durant was flat out dominant, averaging 27.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.6 treys, 1.4 steals and 0.9 blocks on 49.3-percent shooting from the field and 43.8-percent shooting beyond the arc. The improvement in his shooting proficiency was astounding as his effective field-goal percentage on jumpers climbed from an anemic 39.7 percent in ‘07-‘08 to a respectable 45.2 percent last season. Durant also showed marked improvement on the glass where he upped his defensive rebounding percentage from 9.9 percent to 15.1 percent. We are witnessing the makings of a superstar here.

2008-09

Durant entered the NBA with high expectations last season, and he fulfilled them by averaging more than 20 ppg on his way to the Rookie of the Year award. Durant struggled in the first half of the season as a volume scorer that shot only 40.2 percent from the field, but after the All-Star break he found his footing and averaged 21.9 points on 47.6-percent shooting from the field and 88.5 percent from the line. Durant is a long 6-10, with excellent range on his jumper and the ball-handling ability of a guard. He projects eventually to be an NBA small forward, but he played last season at shooting guard due to his lack of physical strength. Look for Durant to venture down low a bit more this season, which should help him maintain his good percentages while also adding to his rebound total (4.3 rpg). Durant is also a solid defensive contributor, averaging 1.9 combined steals/blocks as a rookie. Durant should be among the leading scorers in the league this year, and if adds a bit to his defensive contributions he could soon join the fantasy elite.

2007-08

Durant is this year’s prohibitive favorite to run away with the rookie scoring title and Rookie of the Year honors. He boasts the height and length of a power forward with the outside shooting touch and handle of a big guard. This year, his likeliest position is small forward, where he should be able to go over smaller defenders and around the bigger guys off the dribble. And he’ll have plenty of opportunities to score on a Sonics team that lost Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis this summer. But scoring isn’t the only entry on Durant’s impressive resume. As a freshman at Texas last year, he was among the NCAA leaders in rebounding, and his quick hands produced 3.8 combined steals and blocks. The one area of concern is upper-body strength. Durant got a lot of attention for his inability to bench 185 lbs. at one of the pre-draft events. Expect him to get knocked down regularly, and to struggle at times on defense, until he fills out a bit and gets stronger.