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Kevin Durant throws it down over the Suns (VIDEO)

Jan 15, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

As the marketing campaign has been telling us, KD is not nice.

The best part of this play by Kevin Durant is obviously the finish over a helpless Marcin Gortat, but I was almost as impressed by how he put himself in position to throw it down in the first place.

Working in isolation against his defender at the top of the key, Durant exhibits a nasty hesitation dribble, using the threat of his pull up jumper to get Michael Beasley off balance. With Beasley on skates, KD was then able to use that long stride and sneaky explosiveness to lower the boom on the Suns.

Durant has been making plays like this more and more this season, continuing his evolution from an off-ball worker who mostly excels shooting jumpers coming off picks, to one of the more devastating creators off the dribble. As he puts it all together, he has only become more unstoppable.

No, KD is not nice. As Michael Beasley and Marcin Gortat can attest.

  1. ihavenonickname - Jan 15, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    discontinued dribble?

  2. losangeleschargers17 - Jan 15, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Gortat gets dunked on because Beasley didn’t care they were down like 20 nice garbage time dunk…

  3. timb12 - Jan 15, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    When Durant dunks like this his arms look like Jordan’s at the end of Space Jam. And weak effort by Gortat. Either take the charge, or contest the shot. Don’t get caught doing both. Either way, it was a nice job faking Beasley and the slamma jamma over Gortat.

  4. Michael DeCicco - Jan 15, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    I’m so happy there’s no mention of the word “dunk” in this article, because it’s not a dunk. Amazing play, no doubt about it, but not a dunk.

    • letangusespertplus - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      congrats on being that guy

  5. spthegr8 - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    If that’s not a dunk. Then what was it???

  6. spthegr8 - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    That’s not a “discontinued dribble”. It’s known in the basketball world as “the hands up” & he LEFT B-easy!!!!

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