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April 16, 2008 11:26 PM
Posted by Percy Allen
Where to begin? Let's start with the obvious. Kevin Durant is pretty good. You don't often see someone score 42 points and attempt just 25 shots and two three-pointers. But that's what he did. He's efficient now. He's selective. He doesn't take many bad shots. He doesn't randomly hoist treys like he did when he entered the league.
And the 13 rebounds and six assists suggest he's becoming a five-tool player. The only drawback tonight was his five turnovers, but really so what. He also had two blocks, including a crucial block on Andris Biedrins that coach P.J. Carlesimo described as "plays that win games."
The kid is the real deal and anyone who doesn't vote for him for Rookie of the Year should have their NBA pass revoked. It really is not a contest.
I wonder how good Durant will get this summer. I asked him if he's improved his strenght this season and he said no, which made me cringe because he was unable to bench press 225 pounds at last summer's combine. But then he said that he didn't lose any strength either so that's a good thing.
As for Jeff Green, well, he too has gotten better and better. He's only scratching the surface of his ability. His outside shot is becoming a weapon and for the first time tonight, I saw officials give Green the respect usually reserved for All-Star veterans. Seriously. There were more than a few questionable calls that went in favor of Green who attempted 14 free throws.
I think Nick Collison (16 points and 13 rebounds) cemented a spot on the roster for next season. I know many fans may disagree, but Earl Watson (17 points and 12 rebounds) also looks to be a keeper. He finished the season as the team's assist leader averaging 6.8 per game.
I would imagine that the Sonics will keep Chris Wilcox and injured Mo Sene. Everybody else is expendable including Damien Wilkins and Luke Ridnour who likely played his last game as a Sonics.
I guess that phrase "last game as a Sonics" could be true for everybody on the team. If it was, Durant made it a special one that will be remembered for a long, long time.
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