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Kevin Durant's Ultimate Training Camp Checklist

Kevin Durant Lives Out A Sports Fan's Dream

5910231443031465158.jpg In his sixth season in the NBA , Durant seemingly mastered opposing defenses, averaging 28.1 PPG, 7.9 RPG and 4.6 APG while shooting 51.0 percent from the floor, 41.6 percent from three and 90.5 percent from the free-throw line. In fact, Durant was just the sixth player in league history to join the 50/40/90 club (shooting at least 50 percent from the floor, 40 percent from distance and 90 percent from the line). Durant also took steps defensively, averaging career highs in both steals (1.43 per game) and blocks (1.30). Despite his greatness, though, there are areas that he can improve on to become an even better player. In particular, there are three areas of inefficiencythat the Durantula can work on during training camp that will take both him and the Thunder to the next levelas scary as that may be for the rest of the NBA. 1. Mastering the Corner Three It's no secret that the most productive shot in basketball is the corner three. Per 82games.com , NBA players shoot 42.5 percent on corner threes, producing 1.18 points per shot. This easily dwarfs both "straight-up" threes, which produce 1.05 points per shot (38.8 percent), and "wing" threes (34.9 percent), which produce only 0.89. The corner three is even more efficient than shots from the low paint (inside six feet), which produce 1.17 points per shot. Why, then, does Durant barely ever shoot from the corner? Durant launched 334 three-pointers last season,knocking down an impressive 43.4 percent. However, he only shot 20 of these from the corner (hitting eight of 20 attempts). This means that a mere 6 percent of Durant's threes came from the so-called "money zone" in either corner. Not only that, but Durant took a staggering 205 threes from the wing, the least efficient spot on the floor. What's terrifying is how good Durant is on threes from the wings.

Kevin Durant:?My time is now?

5908517435118121750.jpg Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson told reporters Wednesday that Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant gets preferential treatment from referees. Yeah, by the calls he gets, he really gets to the line a lot, Ill tell ya, Jackson said, according to The Oklahomans Web site. But Durant, who didnt get a key foul call at the end of a 140-139 overtime loss to the Jazz last week, wasnt happy with Jackson suggesting hes a pampered superstar. Because its taking away from what I do, Durant said, according to The Oklahoman. Thats a part of my game, getting to the free-throw line and being aggressive. If you say that I get superstar calls or I get babied by the refs, thats just taking away from how I play. Thats disrespectful to me. I dont disrespect nobody in this league, Durant said, according to the report. I respect every coach, every player, everybody. I never say anything bad about anybody else or question why they do this or do that.

Kevin Durant embraces role without Russell Westbrook

5924642455686237472.jpg Layne Murdoch/NBAE/Getty Images 93 Final OKLAHOMA CITY -- For 45 minutes, Chesapeake Energy Arena was Rucker Park writ large, Kevin Durant doing to the Memphis Grizzlies what he did to those poor saps in Harlem two Augusts ago: dribbling the ball unencumbered up the court, letting it fly, and back-pedaling as a delirious crowd writhed all around him. But this is the NBA playoffs, not the amateur summer league, and that's the problem with Durant's one-man show. It makes for great entertainment, but against these opponents and these defenses, it probably can't last. Over 45 dizzying minutes, Durant was everything for the Thunder, their ball-handler and sniper, their rebounder and finisher. He scored 36 points and no one else on the roster cracked 20. He pulled down 11 rebounds and no one else topped six. He dished out nine assists and no one else even had half as many. If this sounds familiar, it's because the Thunder box score was almost as imbalanced in Game 1 and they escaped, a testament to Durant's all-around brilliance. But he cannot make every play, and without Russell Westbrook , that's essentially what the Thunder is asking him to do. "He kept making a play, kept making a play, kept making a play," said Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins.

Kevin Durant's singular brilliance meets its limits vs. Grizzlies

5917647408220829630.jpg Thats what I do and what I love but thats just not all who I am. Im talented in a lot of different areas, said Durant, adding that he might put out a rap album in the near future. Durant joins other NBA superstars turned movie stars, such as Michael Jordan in Space Jam and Shaquille ONeal in Kazaam. Durant said he understood the considerable risk of stepping into an arena in which he had no prior experience aside from a few commercials, but he credited his mother, Wanda Pratt, for convincing him to make the movie. The thing that I was more concerned about is that I was just so shy. I didnt want to look dumb, Durant said, when asked if he had any apprehension about doing the movie, which he filmed last year in Louisiana during the NBA lockout. She told me dont worry about that. You cant let other people dictate how you live. She gave me a whole little speech.

5898403855055353194.png Either way, it'll have to be extreme to draw attention. The Rockets will have to be as bad or worse than last season's Lakers, or they'll have to be dominant. Anywhere in between, Howard's not appealing enough to be the face of the league. As for the pressure on LeBron to win his third, I think it'll end up being just as great as the pressure to win last year. He's already drawing comparisons to the best that ever was, and last year's Finals were a Ray Allen 3-pointer away from being a disaster for LeBron. We're no longer projecting greatness for LeBron. We're fully expecting it. Anything less, at this point, is a major disappointment. ADANDE You're right that Howard has little chance to be the league's greatest hero or greatest villain.

Durant: Phil?s comments were?disrespectful?

5895742776085073314.jpg Here we look at the 16 players with the most to gain in the playoffs. Daniel Shirey, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Brandon Jennings said he'd lead the Bucks to a first-round upset of the Heat. If that happens, he will earn himself a fat contract this offseason. If things go as expected, though, the tenacious point guard may be stuck taking the kind of money he wasn't interested in last fall. Chris Humphreys, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen With James Harden, the Thunder made the NBA Finals last season. With Kevin Martin, anything less would be a disappointment. Whether he stays or goes elsewhere, the shooting guard really would help his value by helping bring a title to Oklahoma City. Mark D. Smith, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Tiago Splitter may be the best backup big man in the NBA, but questions abound on how good the Brazilian would be as a starter. If he pairs with Tim Duncan to own the paint en route to the Finals, he can count on a big payoff as the reward. Spruce Derden, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Emerging this year among the league's many talented young point guards, Jeff Teague hits restricted free agency with the prospect of a contract to match his athleticism. But first he needs to show stability as a lead guard, ideally in an upset of the Pacers. Kevin Liles, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Corey Brewer has emerged as a key cog on a very good bench recently. But until this season, he had been viewed as a mild draft bust.

Durant drops 63 points in Seattle

5911272730449879522.jpg He was the NBA Rookie of the Year in Seattle in the 2007-08 season and continues to have an affinity for his first professional city. Durant tried to slip away from the gym quietly, but fans found his SUV and surrounded it nearly an hour after the game ended. Instead of forcing his way through, Durant stopped, signed autographs and posed for pictures from the backseat of his vehicle. Shortly after his game ended, Durant tweeted, "I love and miss Seattle." The league organized by Crawford has seen its share of special guest appearances in the past and there are even rumors of a Blake Griffin appearance in the coming weeks. But nothing might top Durant, considering the circumstances of how he left and how Seattle remains important to him. Durant has been seen before in hats representing Seattle, including a retro SuperSonics hat during this year's NBA playoffs. Durant reached out to Crawford to try and figure out a way to make an appearance. A summer of waiting finally came to fruition Sunday as 3,000 fans packed http://nysacpr.org/kevindurantshoes.html a small-college gym to see Durant, Crawford and other NBA players put on a show. "He reached out to me to come perform before in front of you guys," Crawford told the crowd at Seattle Pacific University.

Kevin Durant scores 63 on 62 shots

5907910165666967234.jpg Not just because the 24-year-old is one of the most prolific scorers in the NBA, although that is certainly a fair cause for envy. People should be jealous of Durant because this weekend he got to live out the dream of just about every red-blooded sports fan. The Oklahoma City Thunder star, a Washington, D.C., native who attended Texas for one year before bolting for the NBA, was on site to watch both his college and his pro team. Durant got the weekend started on Saturday in Austin. He watched his Longhorns get clobbered by Ole Miss 44-23, but at least it looks like he had a good time. Then Durant traveled to Wisconsin, where he was on the sidelines at Lambeau Field to watch his Washington Redskins take on the Green Bay Packers. Things didn't go much better for Durant on Sunday, as his team got smoked by Aaron Rodgers and Co., 38-20. But Durant still managed to enjoy himself: Lifelong #Redskins fan, NBA star @KDTrey5 at Lambeau to rep the burgundy and gold! #HTTR pic.twitter.com/6XoiyGzTNM

Who can supplant LeBron in 2013-14?

5894434656950141602.png Durant tried to slip away from the gym quietly, but fans found his SUV and surrounded it nearly an hour after the game ended. Instead of forcing his way through, Durant stopped, signed autographs and posed for pictures from the backseat of his vehicle. Shortly after his game ended, Durant tweeted: Thanks to my brother @JCrossover for bringing me out and showing me so much love! Seattle will always have a place in my heart!! Love u all Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) August 12, 2013 The league organized by Crawford has seen its share of special guest appearances in the past and there are even rumors of a Blake Griffin appearance in the coming weeks. But nothing might top Durant, considering the circumstances of how he left and how Seattle remains important to him. Durant has been seen before in hats representing Seattle, including a retro SuperSonics hat during this year's NBA playoffs. Durant reached out to Crawford to try and figure out a way to make an appearance. A summer of waiting finally came to fruition Sunday as 3,000 fans packed a small-college gym to see Durant, Crawford and other NBA players put on a show. "He reached out to me to come perform before in front of you guys," Crawford told the crowd at Seattle Pacific University.