Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

Kevin Durant is tired of being asked about Tony Allen. Very tired.


Tony Allen is one of the best individual defenders in the league and for two games he has made things as difficult for Kevin Durant as anyone is going to. The MVP to be is scoring 34.5 points a game through two games (it was 32 a game in the regular season), but he shot 12-of-28 in Game 2. Durant kills people with his ability to pull up, but he is shooting just 30 percent on those in the first two games. (Durant is still killing it on the catch and shoot, he’s taken 24 in two games and shot 56.3 percent.)

When Durant spoke to the media on Wednesday, he got peppered with questions about Allen’s defense.

And Durant found those as annoying as Allen’s defense, reports the Commercial Appeal.

“He’s good,” Durant said. “He’s good at dodging screens. He’s physical. Everybody plays the same way with me, though.”

When asked about Allen a few minutes later, a more agitated Durant again paused before responding.

“It’s not like I’m just totally getting locked down,” Durant, who is averaging 34.5 points in the series, said. “He’s making it tough. It’s not like I’m just non-existent. I don’t know what you guys have been watching. He’s just making me work, like everybody else will.”

Two games in, Tony Allen has been the MVP of this series, so there are going to be questions about him. Suck it up, KD.

As usual with the Thunder offense, the issue isn’t Durant. It’s some of Westbrook’s shot choices in the clutch. It’s the lack of other guys stepping up. Mostly the latter, as a series goes on the Thunder lack a depth of options to turn to for points.

Durant is just fine. He will get his.

The bigger problem for the Thunder was getting stops in Game 2 — Durant would hit ridiculous falling out of bounds shots and the Grizzlies would come back down, Mike Conley would get into the paint, make the extra pass and the Griz would get a clean look. That is the end of the floor the Thunder need to improve or Memphis is not going to be a pleasant memory for them.

Mark Cuban suggests supplemental draft for undrafted free agents

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A lot of people around the NBA have ideas to improve the draft, free agency and the D-League, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy about sharing his. His latest idea seems pretty logical: a supplemental draft for undrafted free agents.

Via Hoops Rumors:

“I would have a supplemental draft every summer for undrafted free agents of the current and previous 3 years,” Cuban wrote in an email to Hoops Rumors. “If you are more than 3 years out you are not eligible and just a free agent.”

The supplemental draft would have two rounds, and teams would hold the rights to the players they select for two years, Cuban added. Players can opt out and choose not to make themselves eligible, but those who get picked would receive fully guaranteed minimum-salary contracts when they sign, according to Cuban’s proposal.

“That would make it fun a few weeks after the draft and pre-summer league,” Cuban wrote. “It would prevent some of the insanity that goes on to build summer league rosters.”

It’s an interesting proposition. Most undrafted players who sign during the summer don’t get guaranteed contracts, so when deciding to enter this supplemental draft, they would have to weigh the value of having guaranteed money versus getting to decide where they sign. It’s unlikely that anything like this could happen anytime soon, because of all the hoops to jump through to get the league and the players’ union to sign off on it, but it’s a worthwhile idea that deserves some consideration in the next CBA negotiations.