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Kendrick Perkins thinks Kevin Durant needs to get stronger


Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant was fantastic in the 2013-2014 season. Durant averaged 32.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 50.3% from the field, 39.1% from beyond the arc and 87.3% from the free throw line en route to winning the MVP award.

The Thunder still could not get back to the NBA Finals and Durant and the Thunder know they must improve.

According to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman, Thunder center Kendrick Perkins believes Durant needs to get stronger.

“I feel like he could get stronger, in my opinion,” Perkins said. “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.”

More strength, Perkins said, will only benefit Durant’s body and set the stage for him to succeed in demanding times. For Durant, those include the need to be a better and more consistent defender, a more dependable low-post scoring threat and to persevere through seasons like this past one in which Durant’s minutes piled up to an outlandish league-leading tally.

“Seems like there was possessions he was tired,” Perkins said of Durant. “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.”

Although many expect the Thunder to used their amnesty clause to waive Perks, it does not look like they plan to do that. Perkins averaged 3.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Thunder this season.

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