How Russell Westbrook And Kevin Durant Can Gel Even Better

The chemistry can be even better.

The chemistry can be even better.

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are no strangers to the spotlight and at the young ages of 25, they still can improve their game. Kevin Durant in many fans eyes is the 2013-2014 leading candidate for the coveted MVP award, so improvement is scary thought.

Kevin Durant lacks that Alpha Dog mentality at times, as he becomes very passive in tight situations, especially when his sidekick Russell Westbrook is on the court. Russell Westbrook doesn’t have these problems, as he is constantly is under criticism for his aggressive play as this takes away from the NBA’s best scorer. On paper, Westbrook stats have improved since he’s been back across the board. On March 4th against the Sixers a few games back he logged the 2nd fastest triple double in NBA history since 1955 by Jim Tucker. Every basketball fan knows the type of performance Kevin Durant has put on these past few months. That being said, individual performance is not in question here. It is how they make it work on the court TOGETHER. Westbrook has been back for 12 games now, and in that stretch the Thunder have went 6-6 in a roller coaster of games. This is partially due to Kevin Durant constantly entering cruise control when Westbrook is on the court. Someone who has never watched an NBA game before would think that the Thunder is Westbrook’s team, as opposed to it being Durant’s.

Once Kevin Durant gains that true killer instinct, look out. Some say he is to humble at times, he needs a mean streak, and I agree. What made players like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant special is that killer instinct that they seemed to be born with, that natural will to win by any means. Kevin Durant is a nice guy on and off the court, and this needs to change in order for him to reach that next level. This can be developed, as seen in LeBron James over the years, and that comes from losing. I do believe that eventually Kevin Durant will hit that mean streak. As for Westbrook, what he needs to do is simple. Keep that aggressive mentality, but know when to submit to Kevin Durant, as it is his team. Down the stretch of games pass the ball more, place even more trust in Durant, and this will build an even stronger on court bond.