Kevin Durant Undergoing Further Improvement As Passer
Kevin Durant appears to be making a big improvement as a passer this season.
Durant had a very low assist rate in his initial NBA seasons despite how frequently the ball was in his hands.
"I’m just trying to make the right play and slow down a little bit," said Durant. "I think I’m playing with a good pace, playing slow to fast and just being able to see the floor. I’m just taking my time. Last year I maybe was rushing and I might get a turnover. In the post, I might go to quickly and I don’t have anything to do. So I’m just slowing down. Mark Bryant has been really good at helping me in the post, and Rex (Kalamian) has been really good in pick-and-rolls, just telling me to slow down and try to make the right plays.”
Durant had only averaged 2.5 or 2.6 assists per 36 minutes until that number elevated to 3.3 in 11-12.
“I’m going on my sixth year so the game is starting to slow down for me a little bit. We practice every single day so I know where the passes are going to be. I just got to make them. It’s as simple as that. It’s just a matter of me coming off patient and waiting for the play to develop and either finding my teammate or finding a shot for myself.”
Edited by LALakersFan4Life, November 05, 2012 - 08:50 PM.