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2017-18 NBA Stats

PTS

26.1

REB

7.0

AST

5.3

STL

0.7

BLK

2.1

2017-18 NBA ROS Projections

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2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Not since LeBron James took his talents to South Beach in the summer of 2010 did one free-agent move leave as many shockwaves around the league as Durant's choice to bolt for the Warriors last offseason following nine seasons with the Thunder. With three All-Stars (Stephen C...

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HT: 6' 10"   WT: 240 lbs   DOB: 9/29/1988  College: Texas   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #2 Overall in 2007   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a two-year, $53 million contract with the Warriors in July of 2017. The second year of the deal will be a player option.

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Durant posted 36 points (15-23 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, seven assists and two blocked shots in 34 minutes during Thursday's 112-97 win over the Mavericks.

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Kevin Durant NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2007-08 18 80 34.6 20.3 4.4 2.4 1.0 0.9 0.7 43.0 87.3 2.9 0.9 3.5 2.6 28.8 7.3 17.1 4.9 5.6
2008-09 19 74 39.0 25.3 6.5 2.8 1.3 0.7 1.3 47.6 86.3 3.0 1.0 5.5 3.1 42.2 8.9 18.8 6.1 7.1
2009-10 20 82 39.5 30.1 7.6 2.8 1.4 1.0 1.6 47.6 90.0 3.3 1.3 6.3 4.3 36.5 9.7 20.3 9.2 10.2
2010-11 21 OKC 78 38.9 27.7 6.8 2.7 1.1 1.0 1.9 46.2 88.0 2.8 0.7 6.1 5.3 35.0 9.1 19.7 7.6 8.7
2011-12 22 OKC 66 38.6 28.0 8.0 3.5 1.3 1.2 2.0 49.6 86.0 3.8 0.6 7.4 5.2 38.7 9.7 19.7 6.5 7.6
2012-13 23 OKC 81 38.5 28.1 7.9 4.6 1.4 1.3 1.7 51.0 90.5 3.5 0.6 7.3 4.1 41.6 9.0 17.7 8.4 9.3
2013-14 24 OKC 81 38.5 32.0 7.4 5.5 1.3 0.7 2.4 50.3 87.3 3.5 0.7 6.7 6.1 39.1 10.5 20.8 8.7 9.9
2014-15 25 OKC 27 33.8 25.4 6.6 4.1 0.9 0.9 2.4 51.0 85.4 2.7 0.6 6.0 5.9 40.3 8.8 17.3 5.4 6.3
2015-16 26 OKC 72 35.8 28.2 8.2 5.0 1.0 1.2 2.6 50.5 89.8 3.5 0.6 7.6 6.7 38.7 9.7 19.2 6.2 6.9
2016-17 27 GSW 62 33.4 25.1 8.3 4.8 1.1 1.6 1.9 53.7 87.5 2.2 0.6 7.6 5.0 37.5 8.9 16.5 5.4 6.2
2017-18 28 GSW 24 34.5 26.1 7.0 5.3 0.7 2.1 2.5 52.6 87.7 3.6 0.6 6.5 6.0 40.7 9.8 18.5 4.2 4.8
Rest Of Season Projections 29 GSW 52 31.7 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 rest of season projections for Kevin Durant
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Kevin Durant NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 2 35.0 32.0 10.0 6.0 0.0 2.5 3.0 59.1 100.0 4.5 1.0 9.0 6.0 50.0 13.0 22.0 3.0 3.0
Last 14 Days 6 34.7 29.7 8.5 6.8 0.7 2.2 2.5 50.7 93.1 4.2 0.7 7.8 6.7 37.5 11.3 22.3 4.5 4.8
Last 30 Days 10 34.6 28.0 6.9 5.8 0.9 2.0 2.2 51.9 87.0 4.0 0.4 6.5 6.1 36.1 10.9 21.0 4.0 4.6
Last 5 Games 5 36.0 30.8 9.6 6.8 0.6 2.6 2.6 50.9 92.0 4.2 0.6 9.0 6.6 39.4 11.8 23.2 4.6 5.0
Last 10 Games 10 34.6 28.0 6.9 5.8 0.9 2.0 2.2 51.9 87.0 4.0 0.4 6.5 6.1 36.1 10.9 21.0 4.0 4.6
Last 20 Games 20 33.9 26.6 6.8 5.5 0.8 1.8 2.3 53.1 90.8 3.3 0.6 6.2 6.0 38.7 9.9 18.7 4.5 4.9

 

2017-18 NBA Game Log   Kevin Durant
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Date Opp SCORE MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Dec 14 DAL 112-97 34 36 11 7 0 2 5 15 23 2 2 4 8 0 11 2
Dec 11 POR 111-104 36 28 9 5 0 3 4 11 21 4 4 2 4 2 7 1
Dec 8 @DET 98-102 39 36 10 7 1 5 2 12 23 9 10 3 6 1 9 3
Dec 6 @CHA 87-101 36 35 11 10 0 2 3 13 28 6 6 3 10 0 11 2
Dec 4 @NOP 115-125 35 19 7 5 2 1 7 8 21 2 3 1 5 0 7 3
Dec 3 @MIA 95-123 28 24 3 7 1 0 4 9 18 4 4 2 7 1 2 1
Dec 1 @ORL 112-133 30 25 2 7 0 4 1 10 14 5 5 0 3 0 2 3
Nov 29 @LAL 123-127 42 29 7 5 1 1 6 12 25 2 4 3 7 0 7 4
Nov 27 SAC 106-110 Did Not Play
Nov 25 NOP 110-95 Did Not Play
Nov 24 CHI 143-94 Did Not Play
Nov 22 @OKC 108-91 33 21 5 2 2 0 4 8 17 2 2 3 5 0 5 3
Nov 19 @BKN 111-118 Did Not Play
Nov 18 @PHI 116-124 33 27 4 3 2 2 4 11 20 4 6 1 6 0 4 0
Nov 16 @BOS 92-88 35 24 3 3 1 2 3 9 18 4 4 2 5 1 2 2
Nov 13 ORL 110-100 30 21 7 8 0 0 2 9 18 3 3 0 4 0 7 2
Nov 11 PHI 135-114 28 29 5 4 2 2 4 11 18 4 4 3 6 1 4 2
Nov 8 MIN 125-101 Did Not Play
Nov 6 MIA 97-80 33 21 8 6 1 3 1 5 13 10 10 1 6 0 8 3
Nov 4 @DEN 108-127 29 25 7 7 0 2 4 9 13 3 3 4 8 1 6 1
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Nov 2 @SAS 92-112 35 24 8 5 0 3 2 9 18 4 4 2 4 0 8 5
Oct 30 @LAC 113-141 29 19 7 4 0 0 1 7 11 3 3 2 3 0 7 3
Oct 29 DET 107-115 36 28 6 4 0 2 3 10 14 5 6 3 7 1 5 0
Oct 27 WAS 120-117 39 31 11 6 1 2 4 9 20 9 9 4 9 3 8 2
Oct 25 TOR 117-112 38 29 4 5 1 0 1 11 20 4 6 3 6 0 4 2
Oct 23 @DAL 103-133 33 25 8 6 0 1 2 9 15 3 4 4 6 0 8 1
Oct 21 @MEM 111-101 40 29 13 3 1 3 6 11 24 3 6 4 9 2 11 2
Oct 20 @NOP 120-128 38 22 8 2 1 7 5 9 18 1 1 3 6 0 8 3
Oct 17 HOU 121-122 38 20 5 7 0 4 8 7 15 4 5 2 5 1 4 4
Kevin Durant Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Date Opponent PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
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Kevin Durant – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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True Shooting Percentage

63.3%

True Shooting % in 2017-18

In 2017-18, Kevin Durant has a true shooting percentage of 63.3%.

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Kevin Durant NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2007-08 18 80 36.0 21.1 4.5 2.5 1.0 1.0 0.8 43.0 87.3 3.0 0.9 3.6 2.7 28.8 7.6 17.8 5.1 5.8
2008-09 19 74 36.0 23.3 6.0 2.6 1.2 0.7 1.2 47.6 86.3 2.8 1.0 5.1 2.9 42.2 8.2 17.3 5.6 6.5
2009-10 20 82 36.0 27.5 6.9 2.6 1.2 0.9 1.4 47.6 90.0 3.0 1.2 5.8 3.9 36.5 8.8 18.5 8.4 9.3
2010-11 21 OKC 78 36.0 25.6 6.3 2.5 1.0 0.9 1.7 46.2 88.0 2.6 0.7 5.6 4.9 35.0 8.4 18.2 7.0 8.0
2011-12 22 OKC 66 36.0 26.2 7.5 3.3 1.2 1.1 1.9 49.6 86.0 3.5 0.6 6.9 4.9 38.7 9.1 18.3 6.1 7.1
2012-13 23 OKC 81 36.0 26.3 7.4 4.3 1.3 1.2 1.6 51.0 90.5 3.2 0.5 6.9 3.9 41.6 8.4 16.5 7.8 8.7
2013-14 24 OKC 81 36.0 29.9 6.9 5.1 1.2 0.7 2.2 50.3 87.3 3.3 0.7 6.2 5.7 39.1 9.8 19.5 8.1 9.3
2014-15 25 OKC 27 36.0 27.0 7.0 4.3 0.9 1.0 2.5 51.0 85.4 2.9 0.6 6.4 6.3 40.3 9.4 18.4 5.8 6.7
2015-16 26 OKC 72 36.0 28.3 8.2 5.0 1.0 1.2 2.6 50.5 89.8 3.5 0.6 7.6 6.7 38.7 9.7 19.3 6.2 7.0
2016-17 27 GSW 62 36.0 27.0 8.9 5.2 1.1 1.7 2.0 53.7 87.5 2.4 0.7 8.2 5.4 37.5 9.6 17.8 5.8 6.7
2017-18 28 GSW 24 36.0 27.3 7.4 5.6 0.7 2.2 2.6 52.6 87.7 3.7 0.6 6.7 6.3 40.7 10.2 19.4 4.4 5.0
Rest Of Season Projections 29 GSW 52 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 rest of season projections for Kevin Durant
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Kevin Durant NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2007-08 18 80 2768 1624 348 192 78 75 59 43.0 87.3 232 70 278 205 28.8 587 1366 391 448
2008-09 19 74 2886 1871 482 205 96 53 97 47.6 86.3 225 77 405 230 42.2 661 1390 452 524
2009-10 20 82 3241 2472 623 231 112 84 128 47.6 90.0 271 105 518 351 36.5 794 1668 756 840
2010-11 21 OKC 78 3038 2161 533 214 88 76 145 46.2 88.0 218 57 476 414 35.0 711 1538 594 675
2011-12 22 OKC 66 2546 1850 527 231 88 77 133 49.6 86.0 248 40 487 344 38.7 643 1297 431 501
2012-13 23 OKC 81 3119 2280 640 374 116 105 139 51.0 90.5 280 46 594 334 41.6 731 1433 679 750
2013-14 24 OKC 81 3122 2593 598 445 103 59 192 50.3 87.3 285 58 540 491 39.1 849 1688 703 805
2014-15 25 OKC 27 913 686 178 110 24 25 64 51.0 85.4 74 16 162 159 40.3 238 467 146 171
2015-16 26 OKC 72 2578 2029 589 361 69 85 186 50.5 89.8 250 45 544 481 38.7 698 1381 447 498
2016-17 27 GSW 62 2070 1555 513 300 66 99 117 53.7 87.5 138 39 474 312 37.5 551 1026 336 384
2017-18 28 GSW 24 827 627 169 128 17 51 59 52.6 87.7 86 14 155 145 40.7 234 445 100 114
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Kevin Durant NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2007-08 18 80 34.6 51.9 45.1 9.7 11.7 0.8 15.6
2008-09 19 74 39.0 57.7 51.0 10.0 11.0 0.9 22.7
2009-10 20 82 39.5 60.7 51.4 9.1 10.7 0.9 28.0
2010-11 21 OKC 78 38.9 58.9 50.9 9.4 9.6 1.0 24.9
2011-12 22 OKC 66 38.6 61.0 54.7 11.6 12.4 0.9 27.3
2012-13 23 OKC 81 38.5 64.7 55.9 15.5 11.6 1.3 30.4
2013-14 24 OKC 81 38.5 63.5 56.0 16.1 10.3 1.6 31.8
2014-15 25 OKC 27 33.8 63.3 57.8 15.1 10.2 1.5 25.7
2015-16 26 OKC 72 35.8 63.4 57.3 16.3 11.3 1.4 29.8
2016-17 27 GSW 62 33.4 65.1 59.4 18.4 8.5 2.2 30.2
2017-18 28 GSW 24 34.5 63.3 59.2 18.0 12.1 1.5 28.4
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Kevin Durant: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Durant scored a team-high 28 points (11-21 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT) while adding nine rebounds, five assists and three blocks in 36 minutes during Monday's 111-104 win over the Trail Blazers.

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Durant recorded 36 points (12-23 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 9-10 FT), 10 rebounds, seven assists, five blocks and one steal across 39 minutes during a 102-98 win over the Pistons on Friday.

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Durant finished with 35 points (13-28 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 11 rebounds, 10 assists and two blocks in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 101-87 victory over the Hornets.

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Durant finished with 19 points (8-21 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 43 minutes during Monday's 125-115 victory over the Pelicans

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Durant scored 24 points (9-18 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), collected three rebounds, dished seven assists, and registered one steal in 30 minutes Sunday in Golden State's win over Miami.

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Durant (ankle) will play in Sunday's game against the Heat, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.

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Durant (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against the Heat.

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Durant scored 25 points (10-14 FG, 0-3 3PT, 5-5 FT) to go along with two rebounds and seven assists over 30 minutes in Friday's 133-112 win over Orlando.

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Durant (ankle) will play in Friday's game against the Magic.

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Durant (ankle) is listed as probable for Friday's game against the the Magic, Anthony Slater of The Athletic Bay Area reports.

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Durant is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Magic with a left ankle sprain.

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Durant posted 29 points (12-25 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven rebounds, five assists, a steal and a blocked shot across 42 minutes in Wednesday's 127-123 win over the Lakers.

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2017-18

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2016-17

Few moves in recent memory have rivaled the anticipation and subsequent backlash created by Durantís July 4 decision to sign with the Warriors. While the NBAís rich got richer this offseason, the rest of the league is left wondering just how to go about stopping a team loaded with three of the best shooters in the world, not to mention the leagueís most versatile defender in Draymond Green. For Durant, the move represents his best chance at an immediate ring, but it doesnít come without individual sacrifice. Playing alongside Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Green will force the four-time scoring champ into perhaps the most reduced role of his basketball career. Of course, by Durantís standards, that probably still means heís among the four or five favorites to win his second MVP award, but for the first time since entering the league in 2007, he wonít be his teamís undisputed No.1 offensive option. Perhaps playing alongside Russell Westbrook has partially prepared Durant for whatís to come, but how heíll coexist with two more All-Star starters in the starting lineup remains to be seen. Even if Golden Stateís Big Four coalesce seamlessly, Durantís numbers, particularly his scoring, are likely to decline by default. However, his shooting efficiency shouldnít be in much danger, and itís not hard to imagine Durant becoming even more efficient with the constant threats of Curry and Thompson at his side. Ultimately, Durantís fantasy value is somewhat of an unknown, but even if he experiences an overall statistical drop off, heíll remain worthy of a mid-first-round pick in fantasy leagues.

2015-16

Durant broke his right foot last October during the preseason. He was initially ruled out for just six-to-eight weeks, but a series of setbacks lead to Durant playing just 27 games before shutting himself down for the season. He ended up undergoing three separate procedures on his right foot, inlcuding a controversial bone-graft procedure that has emboldened Durant and left him feeling confident he'll be back to his normal self. He's only under contract with the Thunder through the 2015-16 season. There are going to be a lot of questions regarding his place on the Thunder and whether or not he'll re-sign with the team next offseason, but all of that chatter is just lip service. If Durant is healthy, he should be himself this season. In the 27 games he was healthy enough to play in last season, Durant averaged 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 34 minutes per game while shooting 51 percent from the field and 40 percent from three. Those stats may sound impressive, but for Durant, those were his worst statistics since 2008-09. While he has an almost unmatched scoring ability, many of his weaknesses lie in his defense, and he's still not very strong in the post at a skinny 6-foot-9 and 240 pounds. At 27 years old entering his ninth year in the NBA, Durant largely is what he is, but with a new head coach in Billy Donovan, the Thunder may ask Durant to play differently this season to accomodate giving other players touches on their deep squad. Despite the positive comments from Durant regarding his injury, fantasy managers should exercise some level of caution when drafting Durant this season. Even though he has the upside to be the best fantasy player in the game, there's also the possibility that Durant will suffer further injury to his foot.

2014-15

Fresh off winning his first MVP award, Durant enters his eighth year in the league as a superstar in every sense of the word. Durant played 39 minutes per game in 2013-14 and had his best scoring season (32.0 points per game) ever, while also dishing out a career-best 5.5 assists per contest. He also averaged 7.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game and shot 50 percent from the floor, 39 percent from beyond the arc (while recording a career-best 2.4 three-pointers per game), and 89 percent from the charity stripe. Still only 25-years-old, the best may be yet to come from Durant. That's a scary thought for the rest of the league, and Durant should also be well-rested after withdrawing from Team USA for the FIBA Basketball World Cup this summer. The five-time NBA All-Star enters the 2014-15 season as the consensus number one overall fantasy player yet again, and with his ability to stuff the box score in practically every way imaginable, Durant will justifiably be the first player taken in a majority of drafts.

2013-14

Durant's shooting percentages all improved last season, and his 51 percent field-goal percentage and 91 free-throw percentage both marked career highs. His 42 three-point shooting percentage was his best rate since his sophomore season and easily marked his most efficient rate since he started attempting four-plus threes per game in 2009-10. Unfortunately, this jump in efficiency coincided with a dip in attempts, going from 5.2 hoists from long range in 2011-12 to 4.1 attempts per game last season. His attempts were down across the board last year, and not surprisingly, he dished out a career-high 4.6 assists per game, as he handled the ball a lot more with James Harden out of the picture. All this slight role change means is that Durant is as valuable as he's ever been in fantasy, and with the departure of Kevin Martin, the onus to carry the team for long stretches at a time will be even more enhanced in 2013-14.

2012-13

Durant won his third-straight scoring title last season, averaging 28 points per game while shooting a career-high 49.6 percent from the floor. He also had career highs in three-pointers per game (2.0), rebounds (8.0), assists (3.5), blocks (1.2). All of the Thunderís key rotation pieces remain intact, and they will undoubtedly be hungry to return to the NBA Finals behind Durant and Russell Westbrook. Whatís scary is that Durant is clearly still improving, and thereís no reason he canít put up even better numbers in 2012-13. He played in every game last season. Doing so for the second time in the last three years. Durant will surely be No. 1 on many draft boards this year, and itís hard to argue that heís not as valuable as any other player in fantasy due to his across-the-board contributions.

2011-12

Durant was the top-ranked fantasy player last season and should be the first player taken in almost all league formats this year because he contributes above-average stats in virtually every category. He was one of only two players to average over one block, three-pointer, and steal per game last season (Rudy Gay was the other). Durantís also a gamer; it takes a significant injury for Durant even to consider sitting out, and only four other players averaged more minutes last season. And for the second straight season, he led the league in scoring. But beyond his gaudy counting numbers, Durant is also efficient with the ball, shooting 46 percent from the floor and 88 percent from the line last season. Heíll be just 23 years old this year, meaning thereís still room for his game to grow. Itís legitimately possible that Durant could improve his rebound, assist, steal, block and three-point numbers over the next few seasons.

2010-11

Although some owners might be moving Durant up a notch in their draft lists because of LeBron's departure from the Cleve for a star-heavy situation in Miami, LeBron's situation doesn't really matter at all here: Durant was the better fantasy option last season, too. Of course, that's not to say it wasn't close Ė and, depending on league formats, there are probably instances where LeBron was more valuable Ė but given his performance in 2009-10 and that he's very likely still improving, Durant is now inescapably the number one player in fantasy basketball. Instead of looking at his obvious strengths (scoring, rebounding), it probably makes sense to address what might be Durant's only weakness: assists. Over his three years in the NBA, the Durantula has stayed pretty static here, recording 2.4, 2.8, and then 2.8 again per game. Will that number increase? Likely not by much. Thing is, it doesn't really need to improve for Durant to reign supreme in fantasy rankings Ė and that's because of his greatest strength. No, it's not scoring, but free-throw shooting. Last year, Durant not only shot 90 percent exactly (756-for-840) from the charity stripe, but he also led the league with 840 free-throw attempts on the season Ė or, just over 10 per game. Overall, between his ability to get to the line and his efficiency once there, Durant proved to be the best overall player in the free-throw shooting category, considerably outpacing players like Dirk Nowitzki and Chauncey Billups.

2009-10

Credit head coach Scott Brooks for realizing that the ĎDurantulaí was much better suited to small forward than shooting guard. The move allowed Durant to open his game up considerably and utilize every weapon in his offensive arsenal, vaulting him to an unprecedented level of production. During the 43-game stretch between his move to small forward and his ankle injury in late-February, Durant was flat out dominant, averaging 27.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.6 treys, 1.4 steals and 0.9 blocks on 49.3-percent shooting from the field and 43.8-percent shooting beyond the arc. The improvement in his shooting proficiency was astounding as his effective field-goal percentage on jumpers climbed from an anemic 39.7 percent in Ď07-Ď08 to a respectable 45.2 percent last season. Durant also showed marked improvement on the glass where he upped his defensive rebounding percentage from 9.9 percent to 15.1 percent. We are witnessing the makings of a superstar here.

2008-09

Durant entered the NBA with high expectations last season, and he fulfilled them by averaging more than 20 ppg on his way to the Rookie of the Year award. Durant struggled in the first half of the season as a volume scorer that shot only 40.2 percent from the field, but after the All-Star break he found his footing and averaged 21.9 points on 47.6-percent shooting from the field and 88.5 percent from the line. Durant is a long 6-10, with excellent range on his jumper and the ball-handling ability of a guard. He projects eventually to be an NBA small forward, but he played last season at shooting guard due to his lack of physical strength. Look for Durant to venture down low a bit more this season, which should help him maintain his good percentages while also adding to his rebound total (4.3 rpg). Durant is also a solid defensive contributor, averaging 1.9 combined steals/blocks as a rookie. Durant should be among the leading scorers in the league this year, and if adds a bit to his defensive contributions he could soon join the fantasy elite.

2007-08

Durant is this yearís prohibitive favorite to run away with the rookie scoring title and Rookie of the Year honors. He boasts the height and length of a power forward with the outside shooting touch and handle of a big guard. This year, his likeliest position is small forward, where he should be able to go over smaller defenders and around the bigger guys off the dribble. And heíll have plenty of opportunities to score on a Sonics team that lost Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis this summer. But scoring isnít the only entry on Durantís impressive resume. As a freshman at Texas last year, he was among the NCAA leaders in rebounding, and his quick hands produced 3.8 combined steals and blocks. The one area of concern is upper-body strength. Durant got a lot of attention for his inability to bench 185 lbs. at one of the pre-draft events. Expect him to get knocked down regularly, and to struggle at times on defense, until he fills out a bit and gets stronger.