Tony Allen Is The Defensive Stopper You Can Root For

There's a certain stigma that often hounds players who are labeled as defensive stoppers in the NBA, a belief that no small part of their success is derived from the fact that they are simply willing to play like assholes. This was true of Bruce Bowen, who was never all that feisty but wasn't shy about using a dirty… » 4/22/14 11:04am Tuesday 11:04am

Russell Westbrook And Kevin Durant Are Awesome

This is a beautiful thing. In the first quarter of Grizzlies-Thunder, Russell Westbrook grabbed a rebound and, in the same motion, effortlessly flicked a pass three-quarters of the court that just so happened to land right in front of a streaking Kevin Durant for a fast break dunk that had no business happening. And… » 4/19/14 10:15pm Saturday 10:15pm

The Durant-LeBron Arms Race: Two Of The Best Seasons Of All Time

When we last took a look in February, LeBron James and Kevin Durant were both having monster seasons, with unprecedented combinations of offensive volume (usage percent) and efficiency (true shooting percent). There was still a lot of basektball left to play, but at the time we wrote that "if these stat lines hold, or… » 4/17/14 12:11pm 4/17/14 12:11pm

If NBA 2K14 Is Any Guide, Kevin Durant Better Watch Out For Lil B

As far as we know, Kevin "The Servant" Durant hasn't yet taken up Lil B's invitation to get served in 1-on-1, so the real and Based World alike are left to speculate. Luckily, Pitchfork has taken things one step further by creating the Based God in NBA 2K14 and pitting him against Durant. » 3/17/14 2:06pm 3/17/14 2:06pm

Brooklyn Nets Hold Kevin Durant To Just 26 Points

And Scott Brooks held Durant to just 3o minutes. Still, everyone in Brooklyn, even the Nets, watched Kevin Durant in awe. Minus context, his line—26 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists—sounds just OK. His numbers in Brooklyn were not nearly as impressive as they had been during the 12-game streak where he scored over 30… » 2/01/14 12:36pm 2/01/14 12:36pm

Kevin Durant And LeBron James Turn An NBA Game Into A Rucker Park Duel

Last night's matchup between Kevin Durant and LeBron James didn't provide all of the drama we had been hoping for—a fourth quarter that starts with one team holding a 19-point lead will suck the air out of any game—but we were treated to a particularly enjoyable sequence late in the third quarter, when the… » 1/30/14 10:33am 1/30/14 10:33am

Kevin Durant Is Inevitable

The Thunder played a basketball game last night, and that means that Kevin Durant did something amazing. The Slim Reaper didn't get pissed off this time, but he still dropped 41 points on 25 shots and won a game with two unguardable shots, the last a pull-up floater that the Hawks couldn't have blocked if you'd spotted … » 1/28/14 10:16am 1/28/14 10:16am

The West Is OKC's Until Kevin Durant Says Otherwise

In the four weeks since Russell Westbrook's arthroscopic surgery, the Oklahoma City Thunder has fallen from 23-5 (.821) to 33-10 (.767) — that is, the team has racked up half its losses during just 15 games. Westbrook's major stats this season (21.4 points, 6.0 boards, 7.0 assists, 1.8 steals) all topped his career… » 1/23/14 12:07am 1/23/14 12:07am

Kevin Durant Tweets Smoking Selfie, Deletes It, Says He Was Hacked

This isn't scandalous as much as it is weird. Kevin Durant tweeted a photo of himself smoking—from what seems to be a hookah—before quickly deleting it and claiming his phone was hacked. Hookah's legal. (One can obviously pack other, non-NBA-approved things into a hookah, but there's no proof of that.) What's the deal? » 1/10/14 2:26am 1/10/14 2:26am

Chart: LeBron James Is Outdoing Himself

Kevin Durant is your NBA scoring leader through one month of basketball, averaging 28.6 points per game. You need a lot of opportunities on the floor to put up that many points, and the more you use possessions, the harder it is to be efficient. So is Durant the most efficient high-usage, high-scoring player? » 11/26/13 4:11pm 11/26/13 4:11pm

Greg Oden Has Been Sighted Playing Professional Basketball

Tonight perpetual pine-rider Greg Oden, who was picked ahead of Kevin Durant in the 2007 NBA Draft, logged his first minutes in an NBA game since 2009. The Heat put him on the floor for almost four solid minutes. Oden, who was picked ahead of a guy who has scored more than 12,000 points in 460 career games, apparently… » 10/23/13 10:16pm 10/23/13 10:16pm