He's like a thoroughbred who can run all day long on legs as thick as cocktail straws.
The same absolutely holds true for Amar'e Stoudemire, who averages less minutes per game than Durant.
Stars are stars in the NBA because they can log heavy minutes and be productive. It's why they make All-Star teams. It's why their stats are higher. They can do more per minute and play more minutes.
With that said, the biggest criticism of Mike D'Antoni has been the idea that he's logging players too many minutes. Amar'e' being banged up is a big story, despite the fact that in every sport players are rarely 100%.
The Thunder's coach, has done a great job with the team. They've already won 20 games. His job is to get them in the top half of the Western Conference and a home playoff series. His job is to ride his star player or players.
D'Antoni's job is to make the playoffs. So, what's the difference?
D'Antoni has stated he needs to play more guys off the bench, which is true, but the guys on the bench including a hurting Toney Douglas, look worse when Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler struggle together.
It's that simple really.
D'Antoni wants to continue to develop both so instead of playing them 25 minutes when they are off, he'll go 33-35, with them. And they usually are unproductive like they were the other night in Cleveland. But they can't complain of over usage.
Jeff Green plays 39 minutes per game. When he has a bad game (see game vs the Bulls)...they lose.
Ronny Turiaf and Douglas have battled injuries and Timofey Mozgov has struggled with his confidence. The team needs players who can come off the bench and be productive obviously, but mostly when Gallo and Chandler are off. When both are on, the Knicks have 4 legitimate weapons along side Stoudemire and Felton.
The two young forwards just aren't stars night in and night out. This is not to say they won't be, but they are being leaned on to be productive.
They just can't do it on a nightly basis and it magnifies minutes, and the fact that the bench hasn't been productive.