He led the franchise to the NBA Finals in 2012, won four scoring titles, was named NBA MVP in 2013-14 and took home First-Team All-NBA honors five straight years from 2010 to 2014.
"I learned a lot from watching guys like Andre Iguodala -- how he used his hands in the paint when guys were going up to shoot," KD said on a recent Instagram Live. "I watched Draymond (Green) -- the timing of when he would leave somebody on the perimeter to go help on the post.
"That little stuff I just tried to take from each and every one of those defenders I played with."
Kevin Durant on his improved defense when he was with the Warriors:— Chris Montano (@gswchris) June 24, 2020
"I learned a lot from watching guys like Andre Iguodala, how he used his hands... I watched Draymond..." pic.twitter.com/CuVCndKJnd
Durant averaged career highs in rebounds (8.3) and blocks (1.6) during his first season in a Dubs uniform. Remember Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals when he racked up 11 defensive rebounds, five blocks and three steals?
Kevin Durant in Game 2 of the 2017 Finals = 33 points (13-for-22, 4-for-8 3s), 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 5 blocks. Holy f'ing sh** he was unreal amazing pic.twitter.com/apHkfo3tZm— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 27, 2020
Kevin Durant. Hahaha. Just silly. The Basketball Gods better return him to full strength pic.twitter.com/oSjd0ryzou— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 27, 2020
Did you forget that KD averaged 2.3 blocks over the Warriors' first 38 games in 2017-18?
1) this finish by Steph is AMAZING— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) January 28, 2018
2) this hustle/contest from Durant is awesome pic.twitter.com/AUNtNlWzyI
Jonathan Tjarks of TheRinger.com wrote an article in February 2018 with the headline: "Kevin Durant's Defensive Player of the Year candidacy isn't perfect, but it's real."
It ended up not being real, but that's not the point.
KD was a sponge and took advantage of being teammates with guys who can do stuff like this:
Andre Iguodala was worth every penny and more to the Warriors. Dude was so awesome pic.twitter.com/JbrIggNwFY— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 17, 2020
Don't ever forget that Iguodala stripped LeBron as he was about to attempt a potential game-tying 3-pointer in the corner ... pic.twitter.com/q8JRLImwqx— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 16, 2020
Andre Iguodala was a MENACE on the defensive end. First he strips LeBron and then strips Kyrie. Sheesh pic.twitter.com/rBDIUSC9VZ— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) July 27, 2019
There actually are human beings who don't think Draymond was very good and/or just not very important to the Warriors. It's pure insanity pic.twitter.com/nCiYHFpF7D— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 3, 2020
Draymond Green isn't good. He isn't important pic.twitter.com/BlsiGoEjyW— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 10, 2020
Durant showed that he has the ability to be a lockdown defender and elite rim protector when fully engaged.
And the basketball world looks forward to seeing those skills back on display whenever the two-time NBA champion returns to the court.
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What Kevin Durant learned from Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala on Warriors originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area