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Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks: Kevin Durant could score more

Mar 10, 2014, 9:35 AM EDT

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Kevin Durant leads the NBA in points per game (31.7) and usage percentage (32.7).

But even though his scoring average is the league’s highest in nine years, his usage rate falls far below what’s typical for such a big scoring load. In fact, the only precedents are Michael Jordan in 1988-89 and George Gervin in 1979-80.

In other words, Durant shooting even more – even if those extra shots are relatively inefficient – would make him more similar to history’s other high-end scorers.

And that option remains on the table for him.

Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks, via Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com:

“Let’s face it: If he wanted to score a bunch of points or more than he’s scoring now, he really could do that,” Brooks said before the Thunder played the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. “His assist level has gone up, he impacts the game. Defensively, he impacts the game. He can guard 1 through 5. So a lot of things that he does (are) all about the team.”

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LeBron already tried this line of discussion, and Durant himself shot it down.

You know who could score more than they’re currently scoring? Every player in the NBA who gets on the court. They all have the ability to hijack their team’s offense, at least temporarily.

Durant and LeBron are two who could do so without consequence, but neither are the selfish players who’d do that, which is part of the reason both are having such great seasons.

As they come down the homestretch of what has become a tight MVP race, let’s focus on what they do, not what they could do.

  1. campcouch - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    The Thunder’s FO is pretty loyal to Brooks. The NBA has a history of firing coaches that develop teams and replacing them with a guy they think can get them over the hump.

  2. cantonbound13 - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Scott Brooks could coach better.

  3. unxpexted1 - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    I’ve been saying Scott brooks should be gone for since last year. His inablity to control RW is reason enough but he is also not very good in playoff adjustments. Either way, like a poster above said. Some get you out of the dumps and sometimes it takes someone else to go all the way. Almost like a Tony Dungy and John Gruden situation.

    • kb2408 - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      And replaced with how

    • kb2408 - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      And replaced with who? I don’t get the Brooks criticism. OKC went to the Finals with a bunch of kids and obviously weren’t ready for the big stage. Last season might have been different had Westbrook not been hurt. This season they are one of the best teams in the league and a legit title contender. In fact, the only team I don’t think they can beat in a 7 game series is “maybe” Miami. If you guys don’t want Brooks in OKC send him to L.A.

      • unxpexted1 - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        Mike Brown when he had lebron went to a finals and was a perennial number one seed. Does that make him a good coach? you seen how he performed for us.

      • spursareold - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        Brooks doesn’t have a system. That’s his major flaw, along with playing Kendrick Perkins AT ALL.

  4. legend30 - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Jeff Van Gundy?

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