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JordansBulls
12-15-2011, 02:34 PM
http://newsok.com/thunder-notebook-kevin-durant-to-play-power-forward/article/3632050?custom_click=rss






On Tuesday, center Cole Aldrich showed up at the team's media day sporting a shiner courtesy of Durant, and on Wednesday, media members saw Durant getting a 10-minute post-practice lesson on the low block.

Although Durant spent time playing power forward last season, Brooks said we could see Durant get more minutes at that spot this season.

“His post-up game, we are going to continue to build on that,” Brooks said. “We've made steps throughout the last three or four years with that. I think this year you'll see another step.”

Durant said he has improved his patience and his ability to seal his man and be stronger holding his position to get the ball on the block. Brooks said Durant is smart enough to pick up new things and adjust.

“I got to keep working and keep getting stronger,” Durant said. “My teammates challenge me every day in practice, so I know with them on my back every single day I can get better.”

ugafan
12-15-2011, 02:35 PM
He might have trouble guarding some of the larger PFs but at the same time, they'll have trouble guarding him.

John Walls Era
12-15-2011, 02:37 PM
He might just get beat up in the post.

Baller1
12-15-2011, 02:39 PM
I'm excited to see just how good KD is going to be this year. I think he makes a push for the second best player in the NBA.

waveycrockett
12-15-2011, 02:40 PM
He would get wrecked by an half decent PF down low I dont get it.

310Casper
12-15-2011, 02:41 PM
I dont like it, he's thin as a rail banging against some big dudes. Lets hope he doesnt get injured.

justinnum1
12-15-2011, 02:43 PM
He's gonna get hurt.

Carey
12-15-2011, 02:44 PM
He'll only play PF if the matchup is right, he wont play the 4 against back to the basket 4's, just stretch 4's or guys that dont look for their own offense. Im excited to see his post game development...in past years he'd have post position on a guy and he'd turn around and face him up and i'd throw something at my tv lol.

thekmp211
12-15-2011, 02:44 PM
i think it will depend on the match-up. he can post up at the 3, as well. good to be learning.

John Walls Era
12-15-2011, 02:45 PM
I'm excited to see just how good KD is going to be this year. I think he makes a push for the second best player in the NBA.

Hes gonna win MVP imo. Last year he was the 2nd favorite after that amazing summer, but hes more under the radar this year (not much talk about him winning it).

BrandoCommando
12-15-2011, 02:45 PM
That boy is gon' get hurt. Keep him at SF, if it's not broken, don't fix it.

Hawkeye15
12-15-2011, 02:47 PM
He'll only play PF if the matchup is right, he wont play the 4 against back to the basket 4's, just stretch 4's or guys that dont look for their own offense. Im excited to see his post game development...in past years he'd have post position on a guy and he'd turn around and face him up and i'd throw something at my tv lol.

exactly. On top of that, it will cause the opposing team to have to be very disciplined in transition defense, because there is no way you want a guy like Kevin Love or Dirk Nowitzki to be left alone trying to stop Durant.

ichitownclowni
12-15-2011, 02:49 PM
He will probaly play the matchup

Longhornfan1234
12-15-2011, 02:57 PM
He's not going to be a 4. They're saying he's got a low post game and can play the 4/post up. It will create even more mismatches if he truly does have a low post game. He can post up almost any 3 in the game and put a 4 on him and he'll just kill them on the perimeter.
He's doing what Lebron should have done.

Infamous916
12-15-2011, 02:58 PM
He would destroy any PF in the league off the dribble, now banging down low in the pain with the big boys is another story.

ink
12-15-2011, 02:59 PM
Durant 6'9" 215 compares pretty favourably with Shawn Marion 6'7" 220. Marion has been pretty successful at the 4. So it's not the first time an athletic player has worked the matchup advantage they'd have at that position.

IAmARanger18
12-15-2011, 03:01 PM
Needs to add some muscle to play PF.

kntresistheheat
12-15-2011, 03:05 PM
I died laughing when I saw this. He can't gaurd a 4 and he most defiantly can't post anyone unless there's a switch. SMDH

smith&wesson
12-15-2011, 03:12 PM
Cool

Blink
12-15-2011, 03:12 PM
Lol Detroit tried it early last year with Daye. He gave Randolph fits in the preseason but let's just say it didn't workout....and don't worry I know Daye is not Durant

AllBall
12-15-2011, 03:15 PM
Needs to put on some lean muscle mass before that can happen safely.

Wade>You
12-15-2011, 03:20 PM
People talk ---- about Bosh being soft and playing too much perimeter, well guess what: Durant is actually taller than Bosh (don't trust NBA.com measurements, going by looks), plays SG, and settles for far more jumpers.

BrandoCommando
12-15-2011, 03:21 PM
Durant 6'9" 215 compares pretty favourably with Shawn Marion 6'7" 220. Marion has been pretty successful at the 4. So it's not the first time an athletic player has worked the matchup advantage they'd have at that position.

Those two players just aren't built the same. Not a fair comparison imo.

Dade County
12-15-2011, 03:29 PM
child please... smh

If KD had Lbj frame.

Carey
12-15-2011, 03:31 PM
People talk ---- about Bosh being soft and playing too much perimeter, well guess what: Durant is actually taller than Bosh (don't trust NBA.com measurements, going by looks), plays SG, and settles for far more jumpers.

LOL! no he's not, KD is only 6"9" he just has a near 7'5'' wingspan...Durant has always been a wing player, he was a SG his rookie year, i dont get your argument.

Mr_Amaziing
12-15-2011, 03:33 PM
Ohh Yeaa :)
I'm excited to see him play

I think he's gonna snap in points
(35+ ppg)

Joshtd1
12-15-2011, 03:35 PM
There's no way KD is 6'9. I saw him standing next to Duncan at the FT line once and they looked almost the same height, maybe an inch difference. KD is atleast 6'10

I can only see him playing PF though against a team that decides to play small ball, or has a PF on the floor like Bonner who stays strictly on the perimeter.

kozelkid
12-15-2011, 03:36 PM
He's gonna get hurt.

This.

Bad idea. He doesn't have the strength to sustain playing that position like a Dirk or KG can. I'm assuming that's who they're trying to emulate Durants' game as.

kozelkid
12-15-2011, 03:39 PM
There's no way KD is 6'9. I saw him standing next to Duncan at the FT line once and they looked almost the same height, maybe an inch difference. KD is atleast 6'10

I can only see him playing PF though against a team that decides to play small ball, or has a PF on the floor like Bonner who stays strictly on the perimeter.

Based on combine measurements and with shoes on, Durant is 6'10.25.

http://www.draftexpress.com/nba-pre-draft-measurements/?page=&year=2007&source=All&sort2=DESC&draft=0&pos=0&sort=

Could have also possibly grew an extra half inch to an inch since then...

Still though, not a fan of this idea.

It's not his game and adding weight would hurt his effectiveness imo.

Wade>You
12-15-2011, 03:40 PM
LOL! no he's not, KD is only 6"9" he just has a near 7'5'' wingspan...Durant has always been a wing player, he was a SG his rookie year, i dont get your argument.I dunno, KD looks taller than guys listed at smaller height.

Joshtd1
12-15-2011, 03:43 PM
Based on combine measurements and with shoes on, Durant is 6'10.25.

http://www.draftexpress.com/nba-pre-draft-measurements/?page=&year=2007&source=All&sort2=DESC&draft=0&pos=0&sort=

Could have also possibly grew an extra half inch to an inch since then...

Still though, not a fan of this idea.

It's not his game and adding weight would hurt his effectiveness imo.

Well thats what I was referring too. Not sure if the guy I replied to was talking about KD without shoes, but I was referring with shoes. Either way he's tall

Carey
12-15-2011, 03:45 PM
^He said himself he's about 6'9'' and a half, he measured at 6'9'' even coming out of college, 7'4'' plus wingspan.

Joshtd1
12-15-2011, 03:45 PM
I just find it hard to beleive. I think if KD was out on the floor any PF with a resemblance to a post game would salivate at knowing they could have a chance to get KD on the block because it would possibly be an easy score, and the fact they could try and get him in foul trouble.

I know on the other end there's a mismatch...but I would just back off of him and make him shoot the J. Yes he's got a good shot, but I would imagine theres more chance of a guy missing a 15-17 foot jumper than a 5-6 shot in the paint.

astrosmaniac
12-15-2011, 03:47 PM
I dunno, KD looks taller than guys listed at smaller height.

but KD has always been a wing. he SUPPOSED to shoot from the outside. bosh is a post player who doesnt play in the post.

kozelkid
12-15-2011, 03:52 PM
Honestly I don't buy this at all. I think they'll use small lineups from time to time obviously. Any team would. But he's still going to play most of his time at sf.

Joshtd1
12-15-2011, 03:52 PM
^He said himself he's about 6'9'' and a half, he measured at 6'9'' even coming out of college, 7'4'' plus wingspan.

Coming out of college..4 years ago. Could have easily grown since then. My point is just he's taller than 6'9 on the court

Carey
12-15-2011, 04:07 PM
Coming out of college..4 years ago. Could have easily grown since then. My point is just he's taller than 6'9 on the court

When the talk about him being 6'11 to 7 feet tall i remember saying out of his own mouth that he was 6'9''. I dont count w/shoes because its so inconsistent, i think Cole Aldrich measured almost 2 inches more with shoes on when he was coming out lol. Anywho, the thread title is misleading, he wont start at the 4, he'll just play more 4 then he's played previously, but he'll only do it against stretch 4's or 4's that dont really look for their offense, they wont subject him to cheap foul trouble.

Joshtd1
12-15-2011, 04:11 PM
When the talk about him being 6'11 to 7 feet tall i remember saying out of his own mouth that he was 6'9''. I dont count w/shoes because its so inconsistent, i think Cole Aldrich measured almost 2 inches more with shoes on when he was coming out lol. Anywho, the thread title is misleading, he wont start at the 4, he'll just play more 4 then he's played previously, but he'll only do it against stretch 4's or 4's that dont really look for their offense, they wont subject him to cheap foul trouble.

Agreed. I think it will be situational, very situational.

Reptar
12-15-2011, 04:16 PM
He played some power forward in almost every game in his whole career

Wade>You
12-15-2011, 04:18 PM
but KD has always been a wing. he SUPPOSED to shoot from the outside. bosh is a post player who doesnt play in the post.Bosh aside, if you're near 7ft tall it's OK to be on the wing? Dunno about that. Sounds like someone should stick his --- in the low post and tell him to start playing with his back to the basket, but I know there's a double-standard that applies to fan favorites like KD and Dirk that doesn't apply to every other player near their height.

Heediot
12-15-2011, 04:23 PM
Can his skinny @$$ handle it on D?

GunFactor187
12-15-2011, 05:09 PM
I agree with some of the posts in here, he'll be a situational PF more than a regular one, if he's gonna do it then he's got to study Kevin Garnett, same bodyframe, similar style in game, perfect guy for Durant to emulate.

GhostfaceDrilla
12-15-2011, 05:29 PM
Good luck guarding Dirk.

RadiantShot
12-15-2011, 05:32 PM
He already tears up nearly any small-forward in the league. Moving him to power-forward will either be really horrible, or really great.

MrfadeawayJB
12-15-2011, 05:34 PM
Who says he cant technically be the 4 but stay on the perimiter, thus making other teams 4 man to come out and guard him or pay the price. Defense is a whole different story however

Bruno
12-15-2011, 06:02 PM
he should work on the block for sure. he's good there.

we all know he isn't guarding most elite 4's though.

Rockice_8
12-15-2011, 06:04 PM
I doubt he does it that much, probably only against the stretch 4's but he'd be stupid not to work on his post game.

Same with LBJ, these guys could dominate even more if they were a threat to post.

Raph12
12-15-2011, 06:10 PM
I'd love to see him guard a guy like Boozer or Pau lol...

RCarlson85
12-15-2011, 06:28 PM
I dont like it, he's thin as a rail banging against some big dudes. Lets hope he doesnt get injured.

I agree. He's literally one of the skinniest guys in the NBA. I don't think he can cut it down low on a regular basis. He will get beat up and will probably end up getting injured. On the offensive side he can draw people away from the hoop, but he will not be able to match up against most PFs on the defensive end.

LJEATON26
12-15-2011, 07:48 PM
He played the 4 last year when the Thunder went small: Westbrook, Harden, Cook, Durant and either Ibaka or Collison.

Squad13
12-15-2011, 08:22 PM
He would destroy any PF in the league off the dribble, now banging down low in the pain with the big boys is another story.

Freudian slip? :laugh:

Lakers + Giants
12-15-2011, 08:25 PM
He's gonna abuse gasol down low. . . :laugh2:

Beastin'downlow
12-15-2011, 08:32 PM
why? let ibaka and perkins do the hard work, and durant can score. There screwing over ibaka, guy will be a beast.

ragee
12-15-2011, 08:44 PM
If he is working on post up game, why not just post up on small forwards? It would be more effective because of his length. That's his advantage. Why take it away from him by putting him in as a PF. I don't see how it would benefit him and his team.