Durant’s Busy Summer to Slow Him Down?
With training camp scheduled to start Friday, the number one question for the Oklahoma City Thunder star will be what impact will yet another hectic summer schedule have on the two-time scoring champ?
It was all fun and games watching (Kevin) Durant dazzle crowds from coast to coast this offseason when he played in nearly every pro-am and charity game he got invited to. But there’s no telling how much of a toll that taxing tour took. And for a franchise that will be widely expected to compete for the championship this season, the Thunder absolutely cannot afford for its leader to be fatigued mentally or physically in a shortened 66-game season.
In the past, Durant has blown off concerns about how a heavy workload affects his condition. He’s always reasoned that he is a 20-something who just loves playing.
The problem, though, is Durant has historically gotten off to slow starts. In 60 career November games, Durant has averages of 24.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 3.4 turnovers. He’s shot 44.2 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from 3-point range in those games. Of those figures, his points, rebounds, field goal and 3-point percentage averages are his lowest of any full month, and his turnover average is his highest in any full month.