Last season couldn't have gone any better for Kevin Durant, as he capped off his first year with the Golden State Warriors by putting on a Finals MVP performance to help them beat the Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA Championship.
One of his reasons for leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer for the Warriors was so that he could win a championship, and he has already done that in his first season. He managed to do this despite having to go through the struggle of adapting to a new team and new surroundings.
He went from being the main man to being part of a super team alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, so he needed to adjust his style in order to make sure the team was producing the best performance they could, rather than looking for individual accolades.
This season, however, things are going to be different, at least that's what Warriors head coach Steve Kerr believes.
Kerr told reporters, according to Chris Biderman of WarriorsWire, that Durant is a different guy entering this season because he understands the concepts and is much more comfortable with his surroundings.
He said: “Last year he was trying to figure out what the hell we were doing and this year he’s totally dialed in. He understands the concepts. He’s comfortable within his surroundings, not only on the floor but off. He’s a different guy this year.
“I’m more comfortable in this training camp, Zaza’s more comfortable, D-West, all the guys that weren’t here a couple years ago, they’re just more comfortable now and I think that’s only going to help us.”
There is more clear evidence that backs the idea that Durant is much more comfortable than just the championship win. The fact the team had the chemistry to almost go undefeated throughout the playoffs last season shows everybody at Golden State is on the same wavelength. With teams around them improving this offseason, they need to make sure that this bond stays intact.