KEVIN Durant doesn’t have to worry about his shots with the Golden State Warriors. His new teammates made sure of that.
“He doesn’t have to fit in with us. We have to fit in with him,” said Andre Iguodala during the team’s training camp in Oakland, California on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) in a report by ESPN's J.A. Adande. Curiously, Iguodala also plays the same position as the 6-9 NBA superstar who joined the Dubs as the biggest free agent signing in the offseason.
Even Draymond Green, one of the players who would be affected by Durant’s presence in the lineup, insists the former NBA MVP needs to be more aggressive on the court.
"Yeah, I shot a lot today, and Draymond told me I wasn't aggressive enough … (Green was just) basically telling me to shoot more," Durant, the primary scoring option of the Oklahoma City Thunder for the past nine seasons, said in a report by ESPN's Ethan Sherwood Strauss.
It’s too early to know what percentage of the Warriors' shots and touches would be allocated to Durant, especially with the presence of two other prolific scorers in two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry and the prolific Klay Thompson. But what's clear is the team making Durant feel at ease with the transition.
"So everybody's trying to make me feel comfortable. Coming from me, I'm just trying to help everybody else out. But when you have teammates that are unselfish and want you to do well, it shows, man. It shows out on the floor as well," said Durant, who shared he might take 25 shots one game and seven the next depending on circumstances.
"My thing is, I impose my will by scoring, when we need it," he added. “But I'm highlighted by my scoring and how efficient I can put the ball in the basket and try to search out good shots for our group. I think whatever team I played on, that's what calmed us down, is me trying to get a good shot vs. just shooting and trying to score. That's the type of game I play.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr agreed with the observation of his new ward.
“He dominates play when he's on the floor. He's a dominant offensive player, which is a great thing," he said.