We’ve been ranking the Thunder roster, 1-15. Each day we’ve revealed a new ranking and a player. We’d enjoy your feedback by using the hashtag “#ThunderRank” on Facebook or Twitter. PS: Grant Jerrett is ineligible for the list due to he remains unsigned with the Thunder.
#1 – Kevin Durant
Just a day after Kevin Durant turned 25 years old, he’s selected by the writers here at Thunder Obsessed as the #1 ranking on our #ThunderRank. Durant was number one on all ballots. I believe it wasn’t even close. He’s hands down the second best player in the league. So, there would be doubt, he’d be number one on a lot of team rankings
We’ve been really blessed as a city to watch a player of such high caliber tailor his game in our presence. We’ve watched him go from some scrawny player with a really good shot to a pretty great all around player. He can rebound, shoot, defend and sometimes, he’ll even make you smile while doing all of it. The wildest part yet, is that he keeps getting better and better every season. He hasn’t even hit his prime yet.
Durant won three straight scoring titles. He was only the fourth player in NBA history of doing so. He gave up the scoring title last season to Carmelo Anthony as he rounded his game. He had a career high in rebounding average, and his turnovers were down, plus he was very, very efficient. He joined the 50-40-90 club. He’s projected to do that a few more times in his career.
Durant has finished runner-up for the MVP award for three years. He finished fifth another year. He’s so close to winning the MVP, yet so far it seems. However, he doesn’t need to win the award to know that he’s very talented. During the lockout season of 2011-12, Durant led the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA Finals, where they eventually fell to the Miami Heat 4-1.
It’s slightly surprising to realize that Durant still has plenty of room to improve. He can become more consistent, a little more more aggressive. His defense can always improve. He’s been working on his post game on the block, and working a bit more with his back to the basket this off season, getting better.
Durant is getting more and more emotional and mean. Kendrick Perkins says that is a good thing. He’s commanding the ball more, and we saw last year that Russell Westbrook did well feeding Durant when he was hot. That helped a bunch with Durant’s efficiency.
I love watching Kevin Durant play basketball. He’s great at it, only getting better. Oklahoma City is getting better, and it’s because of Kevin Durant. I don’t know how long he’ll be in Oklahoma City or if he’ll just retire here. I do know that we’re watching one of the greatest scorers in the history of the NBA right now, and we should all be very grateful.
Here’s a recap of the #ThunderRank to this point:
- #2 – Russell Westbrook
- #3 - Serge Ibaka
- #4 - Thabo Sefolosha
- #5 - Nick Collison
- #6 - Reggie Jackson
- #7 - Jeremy Lamb
- #8 - Kendrick Perkins
- #9 - Derek Fisher
- #10 - Perry Jones III
- #11 - Hasheem Thabeet
- #12 - Steven Adams
- #13 - Ryan Gomes
- #14 - Daniel Orton
- #15 - Andre Roberson