At this point in his career, Kevin Durant has mastered virtually every move on the offensive side of the ball. He has range beyond the 3-point arc. He can glide through the lane like a man on stilts and get to the bucket. He’s got the mid-range jumper and the fadeaway.
But when you’ve got Steve Nash on your coaching staff, it turns out there’s something KD can add to his arsenal.
Now a player development consultant for the Golden State Warriors, Nash was spotted working with KD on what Warriors beat reporter Anthony Slater calls a stutter step-back, where Durant drives the lane, stutter-steps near the paint, then quickly transitions to a step-back jumper. As a player, Nash thrived off this move, as it allowed him to create space between himself and bigger defenders to get off his shot. He would even add flair by shooting it off one foot.
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Durant doesn’t have the height issue that Nash did, but the ability to create space is important regardless of your size. Nash’s skills in navigating the floor constitute an invaluable resource for one of the greatest spacing teams in recent NBA history.