I have not been one to look back and question who was the right pick. As a matter of fact I have not thought or worried about Kevin Durant. After seeing this though, reality has set in and I think we will all have to come to grips with KD being a great player.
Still have hopes for Oden, so long as the management can figure out the underlying problems making him injury prone. Needless to say, KD is seeming to already live up to his side of the deal.
Kevin Durant may have the greatest plus/minus improvement in NBA history. He was one of the very worst players in the league by that measure last season, and now he's second best. Only Dirk Nowitzki rates better in Wayne Winston's adjusted plus/minus. As of today, Durant's Thunder are giving up 11.5 fewer points per hundred possessions when he's on the floor. And they're scoring 13.75 more. That's unbelievable. (Interestingly, the next best player in the NBA, according to this early-season measure, is Marc Gasol. Then LeBron James and Luol Deng. If those numbers seem a little funny ... it's early yet. Plus/minus means a lot more with bigger samples.)