VIDEO: Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant work out at Team USA Mini-camp

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We’re fortunate to see the NBA’s best talent on display this week at Team USA minicamp in Las Vegas. The other day I spotlighted a short reel of Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, and Kevin Durant doing mid-post work with USA assistant coach Monty Williams. This time it’s reigning MVP Stephen Curry and more from Durant.

Realistically, Monty Williams doesn’t have a shot against these guys, everyone knows that, but he’s physical with the players and is sharp enough to make them have to use their two dribbles productively to get their shots off.

Steph is still in full sauce mode. This series was ridiculous. The key word is separation. On every one of his dribble moves — the behind-the-back, the step-back into the three, and even when he puts it between Monty Williams’ legs, all show Curry covering so much ground with the dribble to create space for his shot.

Kevin Durant is a complete freak of nature when it comes to scoring. His first look was a wide left-to-right crossover into his shot. The second was his one-footed fallaway leaner right out of the triple threat. Then he went back to the basket on the left block, took a set up dribble, spun to the base line, pump faked, and hit a shot over the top.

The last move is where things got real freaky. Durant went left to right crossover again, but notice that he pulled back into his shot by putting the ball under his right leg without a dribble. It’s not something you see too often and could be a new trick added to Durant’s arsenal.

That’s what is great to watch from these offensive drills. We get to see what guys have been working on including a wide range of powerful scoring skill sets. Monty Williams was their practice dummy this week.

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. He has work experience in digital media and marketing, radio, and journalism. Currently, he does freelance work as a videographer and content creator. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, All Hip-Hop, and more. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first-ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA, Communications) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU. Follow Martin on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries

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