Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Kevin Durant To See Summer League Action?

Oklahoma City's most famed player and reigning rookie of the year will play for the summer league team this year. He could debut as early as today against the Orlando Magic. If he does, he will be undoubtedly the most talented player on the court. The question is though: why?

Apparently, the story is that Durant came down on his own free will to Orlando to cheer on the team and figured he may as well play while he's there. After discussing it, the coaches finally gave him the OK.

Personally, I have mixed feelings. On one hand you'd hate to see this guy go down before the OKC _________ even make their Ford Center debut. Yeah, his shooting percentage looks more like a batting average right now, but it would be nothing short of a travesty for the franchise if their best player and biggest name went down with some torn ACL in the NBA equivalent of summer school.

On the other hand though, I really like what it says about Kevin's character. Not only did the guy come all the way to Orlando just to cheer on a bunch of guys that likely won't even be on the roster after a few weeks but he actually cares enough to play. Yeah Kevin may be a ball-hoging shot-bricker, but at least he's a team first ball-hoging shot-bricker. Plus, who knows, maybe the summer game will improve his overall percentage and shot selection. At the least he'll be able to start building chemistry with the other young players like White, Westbrook, and Green.

Zorgons Take: This is like when Ron Artest played in the Summer League. All it means is that he'll score a lot of points and trump any other potential prospects. Then again, if he plays poorly, it's a bad sign. Unless his stats are absolutely unbelievable, there's no way to go but down.