Warriors 'will expect a lot' from Kevin Durant on defense
Kevin Durant's offensive exploits are undeniable. The four-time scoring champ is one of the best offensive weapons the NBA has ever seen, but Durant's defense has not been held to that same high regard.
But the Golden State Warriors want that to change. Though Durant might never be in the conversation for defensive player of the year, Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams believes Durant's versatility, length and speed fit perfectly into team's switching defensive philosophy.
"His versatility is outstanding," Adams told CSN Bay Area. "He's a terrific defender, who played with great defensive consistency in our playoff series. We will expect a lot out of him in that regard."
The Warriors will also expect a lot from Durant on offense, a side of the ball that has come naturally to the perennial All-Star. But what many might have overlooked -- except for the Warriors -- is Durant's ability to be a defensive factor.
The Warriors switch a lot on defense instead of fighting through screens, forcing players to defend multiple positions. Durant’s 7-5 wingspan along with his ability to move his feet should allow Golden State to continue to employ this defensive strategy.