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2016-17 NBA Stats

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25.7

REB

8.4

AST

4.9

STL

1.1

BLK

1.7

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2016-17 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

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STATUS:  Out    INJURY:  Hand    EST. RETURN:  2/27/2017
HT: 6' 10"   WT: 240 lbs   DOB: 9/29/1988  College: Texas
DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #2 Overall in 2007   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a two-year, $54.3 million contract with the Warriors in July of 2016. Contract includes a player option for the 2017-18 season.

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Durant has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Nets due to left hand bruise, Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News 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
2014-15 25 OKC 27 33.8 25.4 6.6 4.1 0.9 0.9 2.4 51.0 85.4 2.7 0.6 6.0 5.9 40.3 8.8 17.3 5.4 6.3
2015-16 26 OKC 72 35.8 28.2 8.2 5.0 1.0 1.2 2.6 50.5 89.8 3.5 0.6 7.6 6.7 38.7 9.7 19.2 6.2 6.9
2016-17 27 GSW 57 34.1 25.7 8.4 4.9 1.1 1.7 1.9 53.9 87.5 2.3 0.6 7.8 5.1 38.0 9.1 16.9 5.5 6.3
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Kevin Durant NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 1 34.0 25.0 15.0 7.0 1.0 1.0 4.0 53.3 83.3 1.0 1.0 14.0 6.0 66.7 8.0 15.0 5.0 6.0
Last 14 Days 4 31.5 26.3 8.8 5.5 0.8 1.5 2.5 59.7 93.8 2.0 0.8 8.0 5.3 47.6 10.0 16.8 3.8 4.0
Last 30 Days 11 33.3 23.7 8.1 6.0 1.0 1.5 1.9 52.0 91.5 2.3 0.7 7.4 5.5 35.0 8.5 16.3 4.9 5.4
Last 5 Games 5 31.6 25.8 8.0 5.2 0.8 1.6 2.6 55.6 86.7 2.2 0.6 7.4 5.4 48.1 9.0 16.2 5.2 6.0
Last 10 Games 10 33.7 23.8 8.5 5.9 1.0 1.5 1.8 50.0 91.2 2.5 0.7 7.8 5.6 32.1 8.4 16.8 5.2 5.7
Last 20 Games 20 33.5 25.5 7.7 5.4 1.1 1.8 2.1 54.8 91.7 2.2 0.7 7.0 5.6 37.8 9.2 16.8 5.0 5.5

 

2016-17 NBA Game Log   Kevin Durant
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Date Opp MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Feb 23 LAC 34 25 15 7 1 1 1 8 15 5 6 4 6 1 14 3
Feb 15 SAC 32 21 7 7 1 4 1 10 15 0 0 1 4 0 7 1
Feb 13 @DEN 27 25 4 5 1 1 3 10 16 3 3 2 5 1 3 1
Feb 11 @OKC 33 34 9 3 0 0 3 12 21 7 7 3 6 1 8 5
Feb 10 @MEM 32 24 5 4 1 2 3 5 14 11 14 3 6 0 5 2
Feb 8 CHI 31 22 10 7 3 1 3 9 16 3 3 1 2 0 10 1
Feb 4 @SAC 42 10 9 2 1 5 3 2 10 6 7 0 6 0 9 0
Feb 2 @LAC 37 26 8 10 1 0 0 8 18 8 8 2 7 0 8 3
Feb 1 CHA 33 18 8 8 1 0 1 7 17 3 3 1 7 2 6 0
Jan 29 @POR 36 33 10 6 0 1 7 13 26 6 6 1 7 2 8 2
Jan 28 LAC 29 23 4 7 1 1 0 9 11 2 2 3 4 1 3 1
Jan 25 @CHA 37 33 5 1 0 4 6 11 20 10 10 1 4 0 5 3
Jan 23 @MIA 36 27 6 3 1 0 2 12 23 2 2 1 8 0 6 2
Jan 22 @ORL 29 15 10 6 3 2 1 5 12 4 5 1 3 1 9 1
Jan 20 @HOU 34 32 4 7 2 2 1 12 19 6 7 2 7 0 4 2
Jan 18 OKC 34 40 12 4 0 3 2 13 16 9 10 5 7 2 10 2
Jan 16 CLE 29 21 6 5 2 3 1 9 16 0 0 3 7 1 5 0
Jan 12 DET 31 25 6 9 1 0 3 10 15 2 2 3 5 0 6 0
Jan 10 MIA 37 28 8 0 1 2 2 10 21 5 5 3 6 1 7 2
Jan 8 @SAC 36 28 7 6 1 4 1 9 15 8 9 2 4 0 7 1
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Jan 6 MEM 43 27 13 4 0 3 4 7 17 13 18 0 5 2 11 1
Jan 4 POR 38 30 5 4 2 3 2 9 16 9 9 3 8 0 5 3
Jan 2 DEN 34 21 3 2 1 1 2 10 19 0 0 1 4 0 3 2
Dec 30 DAL 35 19 11 10 0 0 4 7 14 3 4 2 7 0 11 0
Dec 28 TOR 38 22 17 7 0 5 6 8 15 3 5 3 5 0 17 0
Dec 25 @CLE 38 36 15 3 1 1 0 11 23 12 12 2 8 0 15 2
Dec 23 @DET 32 32 8 3 0 0 4 13 18 3 4 3 4 0 8 5
Dec 22 @BKN 34 26 9 7 3 1 0 10 23 5 6 1 7 0 9 2
Dec 20 UTA 25 22 5 1 0 0 1 8 14 6 6 0 1 1 4 4
Dec 17 POR 31 34 11 4 2 1 5 11 13 8 10 4 5 1 10 2
Dec 15 NYK 33 15 14 8 0 2 2 7 18 0 0 1 6 1 13 1
Dec 13 @NOP 37 27 2 3 0 2 3 10 19 6 7 1 3 0 2 2
Dec 11 @MIN 37 22 8 5 0 0 1 6 21 9 9 1 4 1 7 2
Dec 10 @MEM 31 21 7 1 1 2 3 7 13 4 5 3 6 0 7 2
Dec 8 @UTA 36 21 11 4 1 2 3 7 15 6 8 1 3 0 11 2
Dec 7 @LAC 32 16 8 7 1 0 0 5 17 5 6 1 5 0 8 3
Dec 5 IND 22 20 8 4 0 2 2 9 14 2 3 0 2 1 7 3
Dec 3 PHO 32 20 4 8 0 3 1 5 7 9 9 1 1 0 4 1
Dec 1 HOU 49 39 14 2 3 3 2 12 28 12 12 3 11 1 13 3
Nov 28 ATL 36 25 14 3 1 2 4 8 16 8 8 1 3 0 14 1
Nov 26 MIN 38 28 10 5 0 6 3 10 17 5 5 3 4 3 7 1
Nov 25 @LAL 33 29 6 9 1 2 2 11 19 4 6 3 6 1 5 4
Nov 23 LAL 30 28 6 5 1 1 1 11 15 4 5 2 4 1 5 3
Nov 21 @IND 27 14 11 6 2 2 1 3 9 7 7 1 4 0 11 0
Nov 19 @MIL 36 33 6 5 2 1 0 10 17 8 11 5 8 0 6 5
Nov 18 @BOS 33 23 10 7 2 1 2 10 13 2 4 1 2 1 9 1
Nov 16 @TOR 36 30 9 6 1 0 4 11 21 5 6 3 8 2 7 3
Nov 13 PHO 38 29 9 5 1 2 4 10 21 7 7 2 5 0 9 2
Nov 10 @DEN 30 18 9 5 1 2 1 8 16 2 2 0 3 2 7 2
Nov 9 DAL 35 28 10 4 0 1 3 10 16 4 5 4 7 0 10 3
Nov 7 NOP 37 22 3 5 1 1 4 8 17 5 6 1 4 1 2 0
Nov 4 @LAL 35 27 5 3 2 1 2 10 16 5 8 2 4 1 4 1
Nov 3 OKC 31 39 7 1 0 1 2 15 24 2 3 7 11 1 6 3
Nov 1 @POR 31 20 5 2 4 1 2 9 15 2 3 0 3 1 4 3
Oct 30 @PHO 38 37 4 4 4 1 4 10 16 15 16 2 4 0 4 2
Oct 28 @NOP 39 30 17 6 2 2 2 9 19 12 12 0 3 0 17 2
Oct 25 SAS 37 27 10 4 2 2 0 11 18 4 5 1 3 0 10 2
Kevin Durant Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Kevin Durant – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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True Shooting % in 2016-17

In 2016-17, Kevin Durant has a true shooting percentage of 65.3%.

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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
2014-15 25 OKC 27 36.0 27.0 7.0 4.3 0.9 1.0 2.5 51.0 85.4 2.9 0.6 6.4 6.3 40.3 9.4 18.4 5.8 6.7
2015-16 26 OKC 72 36.0 28.3 8.2 5.0 1.0 1.2 2.6 50.5 89.8 3.5 0.6 7.6 6.7 38.7 9.7 19.3 6.2 7.0
2016-17 27 GSW 57 36.0 27.2 8.8 5.2 1.2 1.8 2.1 53.9 87.5 2.4 0.6 8.2 5.4 38.0 9.6 17.9 5.8 6.7
Rest Of Season Projections 28 GSW 23 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season 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
2014-15 25 OKC 27 913 686 178 110 24 25 64 51.0 85.4 74 16 162 159 40.3 238 467 146 171
2015-16 26 OKC 72 2578 2029 589 361 69 85 186 50.5 89.8 250 45 544 481 38.7 698 1381 447 498
2016-17 27 GSW 57 1945 1467 477 279 64 96 111 53.9 87.5 130 35 442 292 38.0 520 965 316 361
Rest Of Season Projections 28 GSW 23 832 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for Kevin Durant
2016-17 Projections 28 GSW 77 2649 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 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
2014-15 25 OKC 27 33.8 63.3 57.8 15.1 10.2 1.5 25.7
2015-16 26 OKC 72 35.8 63.4 57.3 16.3 11.3 1.4 29.8
2016-17 27 GSW 57 34.1 65.3 59.6 18.2 8.5 2.1 30.9
Rest Of Season Projections 28 GSW 23 36.2 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for Kevin Durant
2016-17 Projections 28 GSW 77 34.4 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 projections for Kevin Durant

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

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

Durant practiced Friday with a wrap around his bruised left pinkie finger, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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Durant left Thursday's game after injuring a finger on his left hand, but was able to return and played 34 minutes in a 123-113 win over the Clippers, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He finished with 25 points (8-15 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT) with 15 rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one blocked shot.

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Durant posted 21 points (9-16 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, 10 assists and two steals across 27 minutes in the Western Conference's 192-182 win over the Eastern Conference in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game.

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Durant had 21 points (10-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt), seven rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, and one steal in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 109-86 win over the Kings.

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Durant poured in 34 points (12-21 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 7-7 FT), nine rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes Saturday during a 130-114 win over the Thunder.

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Durant posted 22 points (9-16 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT) to go along with 10 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a blocked shot over 31 minutes in Wednesday's 123-92 win against the Bulls.

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Durant scored 10 points (2-10 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 6-7 FT) along with nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and five blocked shots over 42 minutes in Saturday's 109-106 overtime loss to Sacramento.

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Durant totaled 26 points (8-18 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 8-8 FT), 10 assists, eight rebounds and one steal over 37 minutes in Thursday's 133-120 win over the Clippers.

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Durant scored a team-high 33 points (13-26 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 6-6 FT) along with 10 rebounds, six assists and one blocked shot over 36 minutes in Golden State's 113-111 win over Portland on Sunday.

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Durant went for 23 points (9-11 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block across 29 minutes during a 144-98 win over the Clippers on Saturday.

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Durant finished with 33 points (11-20 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 10-10 FT) while finished with five rebounds, four blocked shots and two assists across 37 minutes in Wednesday's 113-103 win against the Hornets.

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Durant produced 27 points (12-23 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one steal across 36 minutes during a 105-102 loss to the Heat on Monday.

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2015-16

Durant broke his right foot last October during the preseason. He was initially ruled out for just six-to-eight weeks, but a series of setbacks lead to Durant playing just 27 games before shutting himself down for the season. He ended up undergoing three separate procedures on his right foot, inlcuding a controversial bone-graft procedure that has emboldened Durant and left him feeling confident he'll be back to his normal self. He's only under contract with the Thunder through the 2015-16 season. There are going to be a lot of questions regarding his place on the Thunder and whether or not he'll re-sign with the team next offseason, but all of that chatter is just lip service. If Durant is healthy, he should be himself this season. In the 27 games he was healthy enough to play in last season, Durant averaged 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 34 minutes per game while shooting 51 percent from the field and 40 percent from three. Those stats may sound impressive, but for Durant, those were his worst statistics since 2008-09. While he has an almost unmatched scoring ability, many of his weaknesses lie in his defense, and he's still not very strong in the post at a skinny 6-foot-9 and 240 pounds. At 27 years old entering his ninth year in the NBA, Durant largely is what he is, but with a new head coach in Billy Donovan, the Thunder may ask Durant to play differently this season to accomodate giving other players touches on their deep squad. Despite the positive comments from Durant regarding his injury, fantasy managers should exercise some level of caution when drafting Durant this season. Even though he has the upside to be the best fantasy player in the game, there's also the possibility that Durant will suffer further injury to his foot.

2014-15

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 assists per contest. He also averaged 7.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game and shot 50 percent from the floor, 39 percent from beyond the arc (while recording a career-best 2.4 three-pointers per game), and 89 percent from the charity stripe. Still only 25-years-old, the best may be yet to come from Durant. That's a scary thought for the rest of the league, and Durant should also be well-rested after withdrawing from Team USA for the FIBA Basketball World Cup this summer. The five-time NBA All-Star enters the 2014-15 season as the consensus number one overall fantasy player yet again, and with his ability to stuff the box score in practically every way imaginable, Durant will justifiably be the first player taken in a majority of drafts.

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.