Defending Kevin Durant: A Tale of Two Halves and Styles

Defending Durant

Kevin Durant is hard to defend.  No, that's putting it lightly; guarding KD is damn-near impossible.  There's a reason – should he maintain his current pace – that Durant will become just the second player in NBA history to average at least 29 points per game while reaching the hallowed 50/40/90 … [Read more...]

The Thunder Risked It All When They Traded James Harden And Their Risks Have Paid Off

While many national media members try to skew the Thunder's trade of James Harden into a Harden vs. Russell Westbrook situation, the truth is that the choice was between Harden and Serge Ibaka.  The choice the Thunder really made was one of basketball philosophy: they bet that two ball handlers and … [Read more...]

Isolating Kevin Durant in the post

Much has been made about Kevin Durant's newfound post-game this season, and for good reason: Durant is currently ranked 2nd in the NBA in post-up opportunities at 1.1 points per possession, according to Synergy Sports. This is a huge accomplishment for a player who averaged just 0.89 PPP last … [Read more...]

3-Point Play: We Should See More of This – Starring Pek, Harrison Barnes, Westbrook and Durant

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Welcome back to The 3-Point Play, a semi-regular recurring feature here at HoopChalk. Every so often, I’ll take a quick look at sets from three different teams that have something in common. Rather than devoting a separate post to each of them, they’ll all be grouped together here. Today, we’ve got … [Read more...]

Thunder Flip The Script With Westbrook Hand-off Play

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Earlier this season, the Thunder broke out a dribble hand-off play for Kevin Durant out of a horns set. They ran Durant off a staggered double pin-down screen, got him the ball on the move at the top of the key and trusted him to react to the defense and make the right decision with the ball. Last … [Read more...]

How The Thunder Took Out The Bulls

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Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks has long been ridiculed for his late game play-calling on offense. Though the Thunder were often still able to score at a rate well above league average in close and late situations, their baskets mostly came via isolation plays for Kevin Durant, Russell … [Read more...]

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