Kevin Durant is one of the most dangerous offensive players to ever play in the NBA. He is 6 feet, 10 inches, but can handle the ball well, and can also shoot it from all over the floor. Next season, Durant will start a new chapter in his career as he will play with Kyrie Irving on the Brooklyn Nets under their new head coach Steve Nash.
Nash went on a podcast recently, and he revealed how he plans to use Durant in the Nets’ high-powered offense next season.
The Brooklyn Nets hired Steve Nash as their next head coach
Steve Nash was one of the best point guards to ever play in the NBA. Now, after previously working as a consultant for the Golden State Warriors, Nash is the head coach for the Brooklyn Nets. According to ESPN, Nash signed a four-year contract with the team.
“After meeting with a number of highly accomplished coaching candidates from diverse backgrounds, we knew we had a difficult decision to make,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a news release, per ESPN. “In Steve we see a leader, communicator, and mentor who will garner the respect of our players.”
Nash takes over a team that went 35-37 in 2019-20. It didn’t have Kevin Durant at all during the season, though, and only had Kyrie Irving for 20 games. With Durant and Irving healthy and on the court next season, the Nets are expected to be among the best teams in the NBA.
“His insight for the game, his communication, how he communicates the game of basketball is definitely going to help me as a player develop and it’s going to help the rest of the team,” Durant said on The Old Man and the Three podcast, according to ESPN.
Kevin Durant didn’t play in 2019-20 after an incredible run on the Warriors
Durant hasn’t played since the 2019 NBA Finals with the Golden State Warriors when he tore his Achilles.
Prior to the injury, though, Durant was at the top of the NBA world. He had just won two consecutive NBA championships and NBA Finals MVPs in 2016-17 and 2017-18 with the Warriors. Additionally, while helping the Warriors reach another NBA Finals in 2018-19, Durant averaged 26 points per game, 6.4 rebounds, and 5.9 assists in the regular season.
Durant had been one of the best players in the league while on the Warriors, and he has been one of the biggest stars in the league his entire career. He has led the NBA in points per game four times, has been an All-Star 10 times, and was the 2013-14 league MVP.
For his career, Durant has averaged 27 points per game, 7.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists. His 22,940 career points are fourth among active NBA players.
Steve Nash reveals how he plans to use Kevin Durant on the Nets
Nash recently appeared on JJ Redick’s The Old Man and the Three podcast. While he was on it, he revealed how he plans to use Durant and Irving in the Nets’ offense.
“They’re two exceptionally difficult players to defend,” Nash said. “Those two in two-man games is incredible, but also the versatility. Ky is excellent off the ball. As brilliant as he is with the ball in his hand, he’s excellent off the ball. Kevin can play all five positions. And I plan to use him in all five positions.”
Wow, so we could see Durant at point guard and center throughout all of next season. That will be fun to watch.
Kevin Durant’s versatility on the basketball court is incredible, as he can bring the ball up the court but also use his height as a matchup problem. It will be interesting to see how Nash uses him during the 2020-21 season.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference