It’s Not Only About Scoring for Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant has been the NBA’s leading scorer for the last 3 years. He’s been unstoppable in the playoffs – scoring at will against a Spurs team that did everything they could to throw him off. However, I think there was another element of Durant’s game that ultimately led to the Thunder’s incredible turn-around and victory over San Antonio.

During the regular season the Thunder were 17-1 when Durant had at least 5 assists. Against the Spurs, Durant went for 5+ assists in five of the six games of the series. If Durant continues to get his teammates involved like he is right now, I have a hard time seeing them getting beat in the NBA Finals.

2012 OKC Thunder Games with 5+ Assists for Kevin Durant

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About Bryan Povlinski

Bryan is a Manager of Business Intelligence and Analytics for a fulfillment company in Indianapolis by day and the founder of Spreadsheet-Sports.com by night. He is a graduate of Indiana University, and enjoys applying his passion for analytics to sports. His favorite sports teams are the Indiana Hoosiers, North Carolina Tar Heels, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Indianapolis Colts. Contrary to popular opinion, he hates pizza and loves spreadsheets.
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  1. [...] created anything for his teammates. For the entire series Durant only recorded 11 assists. The Thunder are clearly a better team when Durant gets his teammates involved. On the other hand, Durant got into foul trouble in Game 2 and it happened again in Game 3. The [...]