When will he win?
GIfted_KevinDurant_RipThrough_470x264The Rip-Through Anytime you have a YouTube video dedicated to almost five minutes of you drawing fouls, you know you?ve hit the big time. Durant popularized this move almost by himself. If a defender guards him too tightly, with arm bars positioned on Durant?s waist, the Reaper will swing the ball through, rip up, and force the refs to make a call. It?s not the prettiest move in the game, and some will call it cheap, but it is effective.Nowadays the NBA won?t reward this play with free throws unless a team is already in the penalty. Still, Durant gets calls for it. He?s averaged 9.2 free throw attempts per game over the past five years, second in the league behind only Dwight Howard. Even the refs must be fans.
GIfted_KevinDurant_PullUp_470x264The Pull-Up Any great scorer must have this move. It?s essential. Pulling up when a defender is playing off you will earn your jumper respect and give you the room to get to the rim.Durant, like every right-handed player outside of Jason Terry, is most effective here when the ball is in his left hand. He stutter steps, waits for the defender to bite, then balances on his left leg and rises up for the bucket. You can?t stop that.    
GIfted_KevinDurant_LeanRun_470x264The Leaner/Runner No matter what you call this shot, it?s becoming a major part of Durant?s repertoire.Having this midrange game is ideal because you can?t always get all the way to the rim. KD can make this shot, and with his size, it?s virtually unguardable. Tony Allen is perhaps the only defender who effectively takes this shot away?one guy out of 30 teams. That?s pretty ridiculous.
GIfted_KevinDurant_DoubleCross_470x264The Double Crossover You can?t expect most 6-10 players to handle the ball like this, yet Durant routinely catches defenders with his patented double-crossover. Part of that is his ability to stay low, some is the threat of his deadly pull-up, but mostly it?s because of his freakish wingspan. A?7-4 wingspan lets KD show you the ball and then really go. Durant uses this setup move as often as anyone. <div></div>