Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
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.
I don't think any player who takes more shots than Durant would compliment him really well. Durant is playing far better without Westbrook, even despite facing tougher defense and having to work a lot more to create his own shots. His 3 pt. shooting% is down but he's driving to the basket a lot more, averaging 3 more fts, 5.5 more shots, 2.6 more rebounds a game, stats only slightly inflated by him playing 5 more minutes a game. It's a small sample size and he'll likely start wearing down, but imagine what he could do with a good PG who looks to pass more than shoot and encourages Durant to assert himself. It's not going to happen, but I think OKC would be way better with Chris Paul than Westbrook.