(NEW YORK) — Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks would like to see his All-Star distribute the ball more this season with the loss of guard Russell Westbrook.
Brooks feels like Kevin Durant puts too much pressure on himself to deliver every night and would like the three-time league scoring champion to trust the rest of his teammates.
“It’s by design,” Brooks told The Oklahoman. “We want all of our playmakers to continue to look for guys that need help scoring. We have guys that can do a lot of things offensively, but they need help.
“And [Durant] has the ability to get shots for Thabo [Sefolosha], get shots for Serge [Ibaka] and get shots for all of our bigs. Once we start knocking some of those shots in, I think it’s going to add to what we do offensively.”
Durant averaged 28.1 points per game last season and is open to his head coach’s suggestion.
“Obviously we got to change some things up with how we play,” Durant told the paper. “And I think Coach is putting in some great offense for us. Everybody’s touching the ball, we’re moving it a little bit more, we’re finding the open shot, and we’re just trusting our offense.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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