As one of the faces of the NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is also one of the most grounded stars in the game. Coming off an injury-plagued 2014-15 campaign that saw him play just 27 games, Durant is expecting big things for himself next year.
He also understands full well that he can’t be compared to the two-biggest stars on NBA’s biggest stage, LeBron James and Stephen Curry:
“It used to piss me off, but I love it now,” Durant told ESPN.com. “Just gotta show and prove. I don’t deserve to be up there with them this year. Next year is a different story.”
That quote was in response to why he hasn’t been considered one of the game’s best this season. However, it appears Durant is selling himself short here. Despite missing a vast majority of Oklahoma City’s games this year, Durant still “deserves” to be mentioned among the best in the NBA. Three foot surgeries and a lost season doesn’t change that one bit.
When he’s healthy, Durant is a difference-maker. In eight NBA seasons, he has led the league in scoring four times and has earned one MVP award.
Now entering a contract year, the 26-year-old has to prove that his injuries are behind him. If so, he will once again be mentioned among the game’s best.
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