typically, higher usage does mean lower fg%. But taking more shots doesn't automatically mean Durant's efficiency tanks. LIKEWISE taking less shots doesn't mean RWB's goes up (but it should). But anyway... Using WIS's really, really bad usg% tier system as an example... the player with the highest efg% for a tier 1 usage with at least 2500 minutes all time is... take a wild guess.
If you said His Airness, you'd be wrong.
Karl Malone holds this distinction.. twice. 56.7% and 55%
Then a pair of Jordan seasons (55 & 54.7)
Well that can't be done in the modern game!! (lebron 09-10 season, 54.5%; his 08-09 season was 53% which ranks 7th behind another Jordan season).
I use efg% here instead of ts% because attempting more field goals generally doesn't cause you to shoot worse at the line.
But here's the TS% for those seaons:
What's Durant's season look like again? 31.3 .547 .610
I don't think taking another 1 or 2% of the team's possessions would hurt his numbers that much.
I guess my main issue is what badja said... I want to seem him turned loose. You have a a great putting up numbers like an all-time great. Get him the ball more! Meanwhile you have a very Iverson-esque guy playing point guard. Only better.
ps - if you lower that usage requirement to 30, you see a bunch of shaqs and a bird pop up. That's pretty steep company.
But Durant belongs there. And I want to see more!