Cohen 8-Ball: Ranking 2013-14 Best Small Forwards


#3 Kevin Durant

Cohen’s Analysis: Why did OKC hurry Russell Westbrook back from his knee injury? Was it convinced it couldn’t rely on Durant any longer to avoid a disastrous start to the season? There is no quarreling at the notion that KD is the league’s most prolific scorer. However, it’s disconcerting when your best player is averaging just one assist over the first three games of the season.

When Westbrook was absent in the playoffs, Durant didn’t elevate his play. Is it impractical to suggest that Russell is a “more important” player to the Thunder than Kevin? It sounds like a stretch, but it is worth a debate and that is troubling in of itself.




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