Oklahoma City Thunder

Thunder Rank – #1 Kevin Durant

Thunder Rank – #1 Kevin Durant

We’ve been ranking the Thunder roster, 1-15. Each day we’ve revealed a new ranking and a player. We’d enjoy your feedback by using the hashtag “#ThunderRank” on Facebook or Twitter. PS: Grant Jerrett is ineligible for the list due to he remains unsigned with the Thunder.

#1 – Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Just a day after Kevin Durant turned 25 years old, he’s selected by the writers here at Thunder Obsessed as the #1 ranking on our #ThunderRank. Durant was number one on all ballots. I believe it wasn’t even close. He’s hands down the second best player in the league. So, there would be doubt, he’d be number one on a lot of team rankings

We’ve been really blessed as a city to watch a player of such high caliber tailor his game in our presence. We’ve watched him go from some scrawny player with a really good shot to a pretty great all around player. He can rebound, shoot, defend and sometimes, he’ll even make you smile while doing all of it. The wildest part yet, is that he keeps getting better and better every season. He hasn’t even hit his prime yet.

Durant won three straight scoring titles. He was only the fourth player in NBA history of doing so. He gave up the scoring title last season to Carmelo Anthony as he rounded his game. He had a career high in rebounding average, and his turnovers were down, plus he was very, very efficient. He joined the 50-40-90 club. He’s projected to do that a few more times in his career.

Durant has finished runner-up for the MVP award for three years. He finished fifth another year. He’s so close to winning the MVP, yet so far it seems. However, he doesn’t need to win the award to know that he’s very talented. During the lockout season of 2011-12, Durant led the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA Finals, where they eventually fell to the Miami Heat 4-1.

It’s slightly surprising to realize that Durant still has plenty of room to improve. He can become more consistent, a little more more aggressive. His defense can always improve. He’s been working on his post game on the block, and working a bit more with his back to the basket this off season, getting better.

Durant is getting more and more emotional and mean. Kendrick Perkins says that is a good thing. He’s commanding the ball more, and we saw last year that Russell Westbrook did well feeding Durant when he was hot. That helped a bunch with Durant’s efficiency.

I love watching Kevin Durant play basketball. He’s great at it, only getting better. Oklahoma City is getting better, and it’s because of Kevin Durant. I don’t know how long he’ll be in Oklahoma City or if he’ll just retire here. I do know that we’re watching one of the greatest scorers in the history of the NBA right now, and we should all be very grateful.

Here’s a recap of the #ThunderRank to this point: 

Looking for Oklahoma City Thunder tickets? Thunder Obsessed has you covered! We invite you to follow Thunder Obsessed on Twitter and like Thunder Obsessed on Facebook.

Looking for Oklahoma City Thunder tickets? Thunder Digest has you covered at Totallytickets.com! We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Our Podcast is on iTunes. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!
Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Oklahoma City Thunder
@thunderobsessed

Founder & Editor-in-Chief. Member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

More in Oklahoma City Thunder

May 2, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs power forward David West (30) defends in game two of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Battle tested Thunder even series with the Spurs

Brady TranthamMay 3, 2016
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

OKC Shoves Back To Even Series

Parker Burnett - Editor/ColumnistMay 3, 2016
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Thunder talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk in Game 1

Parker Burnett - Editor/ColumnistMay 1, 2016
Mar 12, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots the ball over Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) and center Enes Kanter (11) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Thunder move past Dallas; all eyes on the Spurs

Brady TranthamApril 26, 2016
series win

KD and Russ roast Dallas after series win

Chuck Chaney - Editor EmeritusApril 26, 2016
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Thunder Spurs Western Semi-Final schedule

Chuck Chaney - Editor EmeritusApril 25, 2016
Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Wizards hire former Thunder coach Scott Brooks

Chuck Chaney - Editor EmeritusApril 22, 2016
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 21:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts after making a shot against the Dallas Mavericks during game three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on April 21, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

How KD got his groove back, Thunder take 2-1 series lead

Ryan RobertsApril 21, 2016
jerseys-shop_1516

Which uniform does OKC play the best in?

Chuck Chaney - Editor EmeritusApril 14, 2016

Copyright © 2012-15 ThunderObsessed.com