Saturday, February 07, 2009

Kevin Durant just keeps getting better

The Thunder got its 12th win last night, beating Greg Oden and the Blazers. KD had 31. Here are his month by month shooting percentages and scoring averages:

November: 22.9 points on 46% shooting
December: 25.1 points on 47% shooting
January: 27.8 points on 49% shooting
February: 31.7 points on 52% shooting

OK, February is based on 3 games and may not be sustainable, but Wow!

The biggest thing hindering further Thunder progress is taking care of the ball. They commit more turnovers than any other team in the Association (16) and offset that with only 20 assists.

For comparison, consider elite teams like the Lakers (23.2 assists vs. 13.4 turnovers) or the Spurs (21.9 assists to 11.8 turnovers).

Rookie PG Russell Westbrook has yet to demonstrate that he can play the point with an acceptable assist to turnover ratio. Last night he had 3 assists and 6 turnovers in 25 minutes!

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