The story of Kevin Durant's rookie season in Seattle has been loss upon loss upon loss, peppered with miss after miss after miss.
Uninspiring enough that Al Horford and Luis Scola have snuck into the rookie of the year debate (and imagine if Carl Landry had played a full season).
Seth Kolloen of Enjoy the Enjoyment, however, would like to point out that in March, Durant has been a different player:
Durant is shooting 53% this month, including yesterday's incredibly efficient 7-13 shooting night against the Blazers. The kid is passing on threes (he's shot only ten this month, compared to 70 in November) and instead is dribbling forward for shorter shots, or taking the ball inside.
He's also shooting less. Durant hasn't taken 20 shots in a game yet this month after doing so 17 times in the season's first 46 games.
You wouldn't think less shots would lead to more scoring, but not for Durant. He's averaged 21.1 points this month, his best month yet. That average is just a shade under the 21.2 points Brandon Roy averaged in December, the month when the Blazers went 13-2 and B-Roy wrapped up an All-Star bid.
Durant's 53% shooting percentage this month beats out the NBA's best. B-Roy's best shooting month was a 48% January. Kobe's, a 51% February. T-Mac, a 44% November. LeBron, a 50% February.