Kevin Durant has always been the type of athlete that gives all the credit to his teammates, front-office and coaches. Although he still does give them credit, it looks like Durant is starting to own up to his superstar play and popularity. Durant is still only 23 years old and has yet to reach his full potential, which is a scary thought for the rest of the NBA. LeBron is the best right now, but how long will it take for Durant to take the throne? Some say never, some say soon, but some say he already has.
“I’ve heard a few times, in three or four years, this league is going to be yours.. I don’t like that. Because I think I’m established now. My time is now. I feel as though I’ve proved myself these last five years that I can be one of the top players in the league. I’ve got a long way to go to being the ultimate best, but I think my time is now. And I’m starting to enter my prime.”
I know that LeBron is the champion and he was definitely the best player in the league last season, but i think Durant will close that gap between first and second best next season and will continue to do so for the next few years until he eventually is branded as the best. Durant and LeBron’s game are totally different from one another. LeBron plays more team oriented, but the ball is always in his hands. Durant is more of a scorer but doesn’t always need the ball in his hands to make an impact. Durant is already far more superior to LeBron when it comes to shooting.
Durant was just a few games away from calling himself a world champion at the young age of 23. Maybe that woke him up to realize how great he is and the kind of legacy he can and will create.
Durant had a major impact on Team USA. Him and LeBron fittingly were the best players in the Olympics.
“I always felt that I belonged on top with those guys and I just have to continue to keep working to maintain that, It feels good to be a part of a great group of guys, to do something special for the country. We all respected each other and they never looked at me as the younger guy coming up and waiting his turn. They were just, ‘Go out there and play, do what you do.’ And that’s what I did.”
“We all are going to have to compete. I don’t think no team is going to lay down for anybody. Everybody has got to play and I like our chances.”
Durant and the Thunder may have lost in the Finals last season, but their window of opportunity has just opened. Durant Westbrook and Ibaka will be in Oklahoma for years to come. If the front-office can get Harden to resign and buy in to creating a legacy, i think the Thunder can become what everyone thought the Heat could and still has a chance to be. A dynasty.