Julius Randle isn’t close to an above-average defender, but still has the athletic chops to contain most opposing power forwards off the dribble. The 4-man in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s killer small-ball lineup, though, handles the ball just a bit better than most other big men.
Between the legs. Left-right crossover. Right-left behind the back. Left-right crossover. Not bad for a near 7-footer, right? But what might be even more impressive than Kevin Durant’s insane ball handling sequence? That double-clutch finish.
Some advice for Byron Scott: Don’t let Durant go to work on an island. That’s a losing proposition for even basketball’s best defenders, and the Los Angeles Lakers don’t have any of them.