Kevin Durant has added to the list of Golden State Warriors players who won’t be changing their games next season. The four-time NBA scoring champion knows exactly what his new team needs from him.
During the Warriors’ practice session on Thursday, Durant said he won’t play timid just because he is teammates with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Fans can expect the same aggressive scorer who lit up the stat sheet as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“They want me to come out here and be myself,” Durant explained, via ESPN. “I could do the other things, but I’m highlighted by my scoring and how efficient I can put the ball in the basket and try to search out good shots for our group.”
Durant was delighted that nobody told him he was shooting too much. Draymond Green even called him out for not being assertive enough on the offensive end of the floor.
When Durant signed with the Warriors earlier this summer, there were questions on how the team could accommodate three high-volume shooters. Prior to Durant’s arrival, Curry and Thompson were already averaging 37 shot attempts per contest.
Durant reportedly left the Thunder due to Russell Westbrook’s domineering style of play. He joined the Warriors because of the team’s exciting and unselfish brand of basketball.
Warriors veteran Andre Iguodala told ABC News that Durant doesn’t have to worry about fitting in. His teammates are the ones who will adapt to his game.
Durant’s mere presence on the court will provide more open looks for Curry and Thompson. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr thinks Durant’s offensive dominance will cause more good than bad.
In end-game situations, opposing defenses could only guess who to double team. The Warriors now have arguably the top three best shooters in the NBA.
The Warriors supporting cast doesn’t lack firepower either. Draymond Green is a triple-double machine, Andre Iguodala is a Finals MVP-type player and Shaun Livingston is a 6-foot-7 point guard with a deadly mid-range jump shot.
“You never know who it’ll be. That’s what makes it so dangerous,” said Durant. “All of us can take over the game. It’s not even about scoring. It’s about having an impact. I think that’s what everybody brings.”