Kevin Durant Blocked the Snot Out of Anthony Davis to Continue His Defensive Awakening

Davis, one of the best players in the NBA, had no chance.

The 2016-2017 NBA season is still young, but Kevin Durant's shiny offensive game, as showcased in a gleaming new Golden State Warriors offensive system, has already taken a back seat to his defensive prowess.

Through 26 games, Durant is holding the man he guards to a shooting percentage 3.6 percent lower than his opponent's season average, according to nba.com. It gets even better when his opponent shoots from 6 feet or closer, an area where shooting percentages usually exceed 60 percent. When guarded by Durant? They're 8.8 percentage points worse.

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It's no coincidence, then, that the Warriors version of Durant is averaging 1.7 blocks per game, the most of his career. And last night, against the New Orleans Pelicans, Durant had himself a one-man block party, none bigger than his massive swat of Anthony Davis (that's not a typo) with 35 seconds left in the game and the Warriors up 3. Look at this:

Davis ran a pick and roll with Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday, and when he rolled to the rim with Klay Thompson trailing a step behind, it looked like a Davis layup was a forgone conclusion. But there was Durant, rotating into the paint and blocking the snot out of one of the NBA's best players.

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That wasn't Durant's only block of the game, though. Oh no. In the waning seconds of the third quarter, he hit poor E'Twaun Moore with a chasedown block—à la LeBron James—that was equally filthy.

If he wasn't one already, Kevin Durant has fully morphed into a defensive wizard.

 


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