Westbrook’s Affect on Kevin Durant’s Game

Westbrook’s Affect on Kevin Durant’s Game

I just finished reading an article over at nyloncalculus.com about what Kevin Durant’s shooting chart looks like without Westbrook in the lineup and then with him in the lineup. I quoted the summary below but you really need to read the whole thing to appreciate and fully understand the differences. I’ll give you my thoughts on the matter when you get back… go ahead… I’ll wait. Original Summary Simply put: during the past 1.5 seasons, when Kevin Durant is on the court with Russell Westbrook, he is scoring from only a fraction of his preferred shot locations. As I mentioned at the onset, this is not an indictment on Russell Westbrook or Scott Brooks. KD has been hurt and working his way back into regularity, which may help stabilize these Hunting Grounds. Also, there is not necessarily a 1:1 relationship with increased court space and points scored. From a predictability standpoint, however, Durant appears to lose some of his offensive spontaneity. Less spontaneity potentially means (relatively) greater opportunities for the defense to succeed. The Thunder currently sit in 10th place in the uber-competitive Western Conference, with either a 41% or 73% chance of making the playoffs this season (depending your flavor of metrics and/or which part of ESPN you ask). Expecting Durant and Westbrook to continue to play together 75% of the time is entirely reasonable. Thus, getting over the hump and into the Second Season may rest on Durant not changing his shot volume, but getting different looks going forward.   I think the author nailed it when he pointed out that Durant becomes more predictable with Westbrook...
Too Much Snow – Too Much Passing?

Too Much Snow – Too Much Passing?

The NBA postponed two games (kings /knicks and blazers / nets) tonight due to a crippling and potentially historic blizzard that should go continue into Tuesday. A blizzard warning remains in effect until midnight EST Tuesday night, and there are expectations of up to three (3) feet of snow. I live in the south and the concept of that much snow is simply mind blowing. About the only snow we’ve seen around here is this guy – and we haven’t seen him in quite a while. Kobe Bryant is out for what will probably be the remainder of the season due to surgery for a torn rotator cuff. All the Laker fans and especially Kobe’s fans are feeling a little down in the dumps, consider Kobe was really starting to come on playing fewer minutes, but putting up better numbers – especially assist totals. Check out Kobe’s line from the game before he got hurt. That’s 17 assists! That’s a monster number of dimes and he even had a little fun with it after the seriousness of his injury was reported. This is what happens when I pass too much! #ShoulderShock thank u all for ur thoughts and prayers #team @DrinkBODYARMOR @Lakers #oneluv — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 23, 2015 At least he’s in decent spirits about the whole situation. I picked up Ellington and Young in my fantasy league when Bryant went down, but I’d rather watch a great player finish out his career at a high level than win my fantasy league because he got...