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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Kevin Durant is WNBA weak


There are a lot of malnourished weaklings in this supposedly deep (but looking increasingly shallow) NBA draft. Some of them were on display at the Orlando predraft camp.

The leader of the wimp brigade was none other than superstar in waiting Kevin Durant. He turned in a shockingly pitiful workout, and not just in the weight room. In fact, his overall numbers were so bad, if this were the NFL I guarantee his stock would be dropping like an anvil. First of all, the potential number one draft pick could not even bench press 185 pounds one solitary time, which I find astonishing. On top of that, he recorded a very average vertical leap, a slow sprint time, a poor agility drill score, and... wait, did I mention he couldn't do even one bench press? I can't get over that. It certainly raises questions in my mind as to how NBA ready he is. How is he going to get into the lane and finish with the big boys when he's so weak?

Other "workout warriors" included PF Brandan Wright, whom I just gave a mediocre rating to in my previous post. He vindicated my negative assessment of his NBA readiness with his performance at the workout. This alleged "power forward" could only bench press 185 pounds two times. That's "sand in my face" weak. By comparison PG Mike Conley was able to push that same amount up 13 times. Wright also turned in a rather ho-hum vertical leap for someone universally touted as this "athletic freak". In my eyes, he looks riskier by the day. He has no outside game, he is ridiculously thin for an inside player, he's too physically weak to get anywhere near the lane, and now it turns out he isn't even the skywalking wonder he was advertised to be. How's he going to get anything done in the Association? This guy has "Stay Away from Me" written in red ink across his chest.

On the other hand, the potential top six player who helped himself the most, in my opinion, was Al Horford. He measured a legitimate 6'10'', had a standing vertical leap that was equal to Brandan Wright's, and exhibited true power forward power by doing a Charles Oakley-like 20 reps at 185 pounds. That is awesome. Of course he struggled with the agility drill and displayed average speed, but in my opinion he solidified himself as an NBA ready low post player with his prodigious display of upper body strength.

20 Comments:

At June 6, 2007 at 6:47 PM, Anonymous pilight said...

Diminutive Monarchs guard Kara Lawson was benching 225 as a sophomore at Tennessee:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/siforwomen/news/2000/10/30/lawson_feature/

Kevin Durant isn't even strong enough to play in the WNBA.

 
At June 6, 2007 at 11:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And it's too bad about Horford in a way, there are a few scenarios where the Bucks could get him at #6 but I don't want at all to get my hopes up.

 
At June 7, 2007 at 3:26 PM, Blogger Blogmaster said...

To Pilight:

I don't doubt that for a second. I keep getting this image in my head of him trying to push up 185 and not even getting it off his chest. That is bad!

 
At June 7, 2007 at 3:29 PM, Blogger Blogmaster said...

To Anonymous:

You're right. I now think Horford has established himself and will not fall.

The other bad news was Conley's great workout. It was incredible. I mentioned his strength, well his speed is almost world class (like his old man), his standing leap was second best among all prospects, and his quickness in the agility drills was blinding. I don't think he will fall to us either.

 
At June 8, 2007 at 1:25 AM, Anonymous Chris Fry said...

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At June 16, 2007 at 8:08 AM, Blogger wvpv said...

Being from Big 12 country, I can attest that Durant had his stellar moments, but it was against weak opponents in an overall weak Big 12 year. It was all about him on the Longhorns. It's too bad because DJ Augustin is a pretty good player.

I kinda hope he sucks in the NBA. He's too big for his britches.

Too bad he's going to get picked by the Sonics who could be moving right down the interstate from me to the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

 
At April 13, 2010 at 10:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this post shows what a stupid moron you are...Durant is the league's leading scorer and MVP candidate....if you are this stupid you have no business blogging

 
At August 17, 2010 at 5:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh man whoever wrote this probably feels very very stupid now lol...

 
At May 19, 2011 at 9:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how this guy feels now.
Kevin Durant's stronger, faster, jumps higher, and is an mvp candidate. Just because you're in the nba doesn't mean you stop getting more athletic...Durant is Nba athletic and more skilled than most if not all the players.

 
At May 25, 2011 at 8:38 PM, Anonymous @scottykitz said...

this post made this blog espn weak.

 
At June 13, 2012 at 2:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow how stupid does this blogger feel today? Durant is in the finals. Where the hell is Brandon Wright?

 
At April 17, 2014 at 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MVP year....fucking idiots

 
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