Originally posted by vaden:
Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Yes, he is handling the ball more, but that's just because he has no choice. He's not all that great of a passer anyway. He has improved a bit but still had 3.5 turnovers with 4.6 assists a game this season. That's not impressive at all.
OKC lost their no.2 and no.3 player from last year. He shot 21 shots a game against Miami in the Finals last year. He is shooting about 22 shots a game since Westbrook's injury.
If anything, what OKC is lacking is another guy who can create shots for himself and others. Durant is trying to fill that role as well, but doesn't have the skills to create quality shots for others consistently. This is why I felt trading Harden was a bad move.
And Westbrook shot 24 shots a game in the Finals last year, while once again having a poor fg% that was way below Durant's. I'm not saying OKC isn't hurt by the absence of Westbrook, I'm saying Durant specifically is better without him, and since he's their best player and the best pure scorer in the game, the offense should be built around him, not Westbrook.
Of course, we all want Durant to take more shots. Durant takes good shots in the flow of the game during the first 3 quarters and is able to impose his will in the 4th quarter because of that. He doesn't have to go at 110% for the first 3 quarters. As Westbrook matures, he will learn to take better shots, but his aggressiveness makes OKC very lethal. He impacts the game in a way Durant just can not, and few can in the league.
I don't think Durant is all that better without Westbrook either. Outside of 1 game, he has shot the ball at his average or below. His assists are up and so are the turnovers. He isn't as great in the 4th either because he is getting a little tired and defenses can focus solely on him.
The current OKC offense is built around Durant. It lacks a punch against a good team because he is not a great passer or a ball-handler. I'm not sure if there are any pure PGs in the game today that will make the current offense any better. They are 3-3 since Westbrook went out...and they got outscored in that 4th quarter as well when Westbrook got hurt. Durant needs a ball-dominant PG or SG on his team. Westbrook is that guy. He has flaws in his game, just like any other player but he compliments Durant really well, IMO.