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08:09 AM ET 08.11 | Kevin Durant may wind up playing out of his position for Team USA, and he may wind up being just fine in the paint. Durant, of course, has almost exclusively been a three over the course of his NBA career, so the possibility of him playing the four during the FIBA games is a fascinating one. Durant's lack of bulk and strength, as well as the Thunder's desire to keep Durant from getting beat up or into foul trouble have prevented him from playing much power forward at the NBA level. Fortunately for Durant, FIBA play means a wider key and more finesse-based forwards, both of which will make Durant's "transition" to the power forward spot much easier.

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August 11, 2010  08:28 AM ET

The european fours are too slow to guard him. He will light them up!

August 11, 2010  08:51 AM ET

Are we still underrating the international game? Lets not set ourselfs up to have some kid light us up. There gotta be some willing and able natural power forward that wants to represent his country. Is the coaching staff for real? They mean to tell us there's no natural power forward in America. That's insane....

August 11, 2010  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Are we still underrating the international game? Lets not set ourselfs up to have some kid light us up. There gotta be some willing and able natural power forward that wants to represent his country. Is the coaching staff for real? They mean to tell us there's no natural power forward in America. That's insane....

Co-sign!

Lamar Odom at center, really? I have never seen him post up anybody.

August 11, 2010  08:59 AM ET

The team they've put together is just kind of sad. You're telling me you cannot come up with a better squad? Who knows. Anyways, I think in the international game, Durant could play the 4. Not nearly as much banging around as with the big lugs in the NBA.

August 11, 2010  09:49 AM ET

Enjoy the experience, Bro.

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August 11, 2010  11:56 AM ET

You have to think about all the publicity oklahoma city and durant gets for durant being the #1 guy on the usa team. To the Thunder its well worth the risk if he wins at FIBA. You all of you are all already talking about Durant even when the nba is in the offseason right now. So obviously the marketing machine is working at this moment.

August 11, 2010  01:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Are we still underrating the international game? Lets not set ourselfs up to have some kid light us up. There gotta be some willing and able natural power forward that wants to represent his country. Is the coaching staff for real? They mean to tell us there's no natural power forward in America. That's insane....

all of the worthwhile american pf's either opted out (Bosh/Boozer), got injured/coming off injury (Lee/Griffin), aren't allowed by their team (Amare), or are just flat old (KG,Duncan)

the guy i'm curious about is Aldridge? he seems like a good fit for international ball, what's his story why'd he back out?

August 11, 2010  01:19 PM ET
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......There gotta be some willing and able natural power forward that wants to represent his country.......

Through-out the course of NBA players being allowed to play FIBA ball, the so-called 'natural' power forwards have historically.....UNDER PERFORMED....on the offensive end of the court. Particularly those who can't play facing the basket.

If they couldn't hit the 12-15 footer AND drive to the basket, they've been relagated to being defensive rebounding drones.

I think the exception to this would be Charles Barkley.......but then, he played with Jordan, Bird & Magic.

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August 11, 2010  01:59 PM ET
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While I do agree.....the international game is different.we don't need bigs thumping and banging in the paint as its a shooters game. You need a center &/or PF that is LONG to guard the wings....

I do agree as well about international game however USA need guys as well to go against Marc and Pau Gasol of Spain if they want to become the champions.

August 11, 2010  02:17 PM ET

He's going to put on weight... and he's going to play the four eventually.

In five years he'll play just like Dirk, but be three times better.

August 11, 2010  02:49 PM ET
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While I do agree.....the international game is different.we don't need bigs thumping and banging in the paint as its a shooters game. You need a center &/or PF that is LONG to guard the wings....

This is the power forward position. Durant will be going against guys that are at least 6' 10'' with massive weight on them. It's a bad move. Durant as great as he is can't hold down the block. He'll be abused... and you mean to tell me there's no power forwards out there with size that can shoot. Even Drew Gooden will be an upgrade over Durant at the power forward position. Durant at power forward is like asking Shaq to play point guard... he just wasn't built for that. Can somebody please stop the nonsense before we start saying I told you so...

August 11, 2010  02:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The team they've put together is just kind of sad. You're telling me you cannot come up with a better squad? Who knows. Anyways, I think in the international game, Durant could play the 4. Not nearly as much banging around as with the big lugs in the NBA.

Don't get me wrong. I can see Durant playing the 4 in spurts to speed up the game but to make him the main power forward is ludacris. Boston can put up a line up with Rondo, Allen and Nate at small forward but is that sustainable?

August 11, 2010  03:43 PM ET

This kid can do it all. Can't wait to see who goes further him or LeBl0wj0b.

August 11, 2010  03:51 PM ET

Durant > Kobe

August 11, 2010  04:15 PM ET
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Durant > Kobe

Kobe > Durant > LeFraud

 
August 11, 2010  04:16 PM ET

First!!!!! On page 2. Hahahahaha

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