Kevin Durant, SF/PF, Golden State Warriors: 9.45

Age: 29

Type of Free Agency: Player Option

2017-18 Per-Game Stats: 26.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.8 blocks
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2017-18 Advanced Metrics: 276.32 TPA, 26.2 PER, 10.5 WS, 9.08 RPM Wins

View this placement with more than a few grains of salt. 97f475cf2327b5bd4fc29d0a5657a534_crop_exact
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We’re remaining entirely objective by trusting the numbers, which place Kevin Durant behind two members of the 2018 free-agency class. But for all intents and purposes, we can subjectively consider him bumped up to the second spot, since two pieces of contextual evidence explain why his score is lower than a certain up-and-coming member of another Western Conference outfit.

Whereas our No. 2 finisher is only 23 years old and benefits from that youth, Durant is going to enter his 30s in late September, just before the onset of the 2018-19 campaign. But while his age is objectively held against him here, he has the technical skills, shooting touch and feel for the game necessary to remain effective well into the next decade of his life. That relatively advanced number shouldn’t have as large a negative impact for him as it does for others (he missed significant time just once in 2014-15).

Secondly, Durant missed 14 games this season, which hurts his scores rather substantially in our volume-based metrics: TPA,cheap china jerseys nflĀ  WS and RPM Wins. If we assume he would’ve performed at the exact same level while achieving perfect attendance, his score in our analysis would rise to 11.53. And if we remove the age factor, he’d then supplant our current No. 2, 12.23 to 11.7.

See? I wasn’t kidding when I said the placement was entirely explained away by two different pieces of context. where can i find nfl jerseys

Fortunately for the Golden State Warriors, this is all irrelevant. Durant is ostensibly a member of the 2018 free-agency class since he can opt out of his deal and sign a long-term contract if he so desires, but he isn’t leaving Oakland. Even if he does turn down the player option, he’ll be doing so to restructure with the Dubs and continue what he started in the summer of 2016.