On the surface, shots that NBA players take from half court and beyond as the buzzer sounds are nothing but a meaningless prayer. Chances are the shot isn’t going down. If it does, it could give your team an important three points. But more often than not it does nothing but lower a player’s shooting percentage. That’s why some players are hesitant to even take it.
This may come as a surprise, but one of those players is Kevin Durant.
“It depends on what I’m shooting from the field,” Durant said, via Royce Young of the Daily Thunder. “First quarter if I’m 4-for-4, I let it go. Third quarter if I’m like 10-for-16, or 10-for-17, I might let it go. But if I’m like 8-for-19, I’m going to go ahead and dribble one more second and let that buzzer go off and then throw it up there. So it depends on how the game’s going.”
In other words, Durant is always going to give the fans the impression that he is trying to sink that last-second rainmaker. However, he sometimes intentionally waits until