Kevin Durant wants to level up on his defense
Kevin Durant has already won almost all individual awards the NBA has to offer. He was Rookie of the Year, MVP, scoring champion, all-star, and all-star game MVP, but he has never been recognized for his work on the defensive end.
With former Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Ron Adams, now part of the Golden State Warriors as their defensive coordinator, Durant is hoping to finally impress with his defense, not just to win an individual award, but to bag the elusive championship he badly wants.
Adams talked about what the 6-foot-9 forward has to do to be a great defender, via Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area.
“I’ve always said he could be a great defender if he focused on it, which he did in the playoffs last year,” Adams said.
Head coach Steve Kerr sees potential in his prized recruit this summer when it come to being one of the league’s premier defenders.
“That’s hard to do, but for sure he has the potential. He’s got the length and the quickness and the intelligence. He’s been playing in the league a long time. He’s seen every action, every concept. So feels stuff before it happens.
“Yeah, I think he absolutely has that potential.”
And when asked how he feels about Adams’ comments on his chances of being the team’s anchor on defense, Durant had this to say:
“Coach Adams is on me every second of the day defensively, wanting to see me helping with rebounding, using my length on the defensive end.”
With capable coaches to learn from, it will be no surprise if the Washington, D.C. native will thrive more on the defensive end once the regular season begins. If Durant is able to contribute more on defense, the already dreaded Warriors will only become even more scary.