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Thunder teammate to Kevin Durant: Get Stronger

06/18/2014 at 11:24 am By

durant-perkins-teapotsThe Oklahoma City Thunder fell short of reaching the NBA Finals this past season, despite Kevin Durant having the best year of his career and taking home his first MVP award. But teammate Kendrick Perkins thinks Durant still has room to grow, specifically his muscles.

“I feel like he could get stronger, in my opinion,” Perkins said via the Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry. “I think that would help him a lot. I told him all the good and great players that played the game, from Jordan, Kobe, LeBron, they all put size on them, and it helped them”

Perkins believes adding more weight to his frame will also help Durant’s conditioning throughout the NBA season.

“Seems like there was possessions he was tired,” Perkins said. “But, like I said, I think that’s (when) getting in the weight room plays a factor. Cause then you could let your body take over.”

Durant himself acknowledged that he can always get better, and adding some muscle to his think 6’10”, 235-lb frame would be a definite improvement. More physical strength and bulk will help Durant fight through contact and allow him to withstand the physicality that can drain a player’s energy in an 82-game season. More bulk will also help Durant defensively and potentially on the boards.

To his credit Durant has gained some weight since his rookie year where he weighted in around 215, but he could still stand to add another 5-10 pounds to his thin frame. Anything that would make Durant — already arguably the best scorer in the NBA — more dangerous, should be a welcomed sight for the Thunder and feared by the rest of the NBA.

H/T to PBT for the find

-ALR

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3 Comments so far

  1. Lexus Nexus

    on 06/20/2014 - Reply

    I don’t think adding more muscle would add to his endurance. He’s not that type of player. What wears him down is that he and Westbrook try to carry to load. The organization needs to get some players here who can work as a team to compliment Durant. This means giving up ball hog Westbrook to do so. Durant’s game is one of finesse, not bulk and brute strength.

  2. Lexus Nexus

    on 06/20/2014 - Reply

    Typo…that’s ‘complement’.

  3. Lexus Nexus

    on 06/20/2014 - Reply

    Speaking of Perkins, one of the things OKC needs to do, besides get rid of ball hog Westbrook, is get rid of Perkins. He’s untalented, and one of the reasons Durant has to work so hard. Replacing Perkins with someone far more talented would help Durant and the team a great deal.

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