In the offseason, NBA players indulge their fans with AMAs or replying to their DMs. One lucky Twitter user got Kevin Durant’s attention. The question wasn’t about Kyrie’s drama, and we doubt KD would publicly comment before the situation is resolved. Still, the answer provided an interesting insight into Durant’s mindset on the court.
Shoot the next one
Twitter user @crossov3r_ asked for advice in Durant’s area of expertise: shooting the basketball. The Slim Reaper’s answer reflected his superstar mentality.
It’s as if Kevin Durant was describing himself on that one. We’ve seen countless times where the Brooklyn Nets star goes ballistic and sinks shot after shot no matter the number of hands in his face. That’s the superstar mentality right there, and if you have one of those streaky types on your team, it’s best to give him the ball and get out of the way.
Mid-range jumpers are quickly becoming a thing of the past due to analytics, and mid-range masters such as DeMar DeRozan and KD himself may be among the last bastions of this offensive arsenal. That being said, players don’t need to complicate things. They need to remember that shooters shoot.
Any shot is a good shot if it goes in. No matter how early in the clock, awkward-looking release, or defenders there are, technically, it’s a good shot if it goes in. Anyone who makes four or five attempts in a row has the green light to shoot.
Their teammates must set him up by setting screens or creating mismatches on offense. It’s also what makes the system of the Golden State Warriors beautiful and efficient: they allow their shooters to get into the rhythm. And once they get hot, it’s over before everyone knows it.
However, other players might pass the ball once the momentum goes away. Or if they attract triple teams because when that happens, the right thing to do is to pass the rock. But hey, Mamba Mentality, right? If Kobe Bryant made five shots in a row, you better bet there’s no way he would allow anyone to shoot the next one.