Kevin Durant just had one of the greatest playoff performances we have ever witnessed.
— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) June 16, 2021
He led the Brooklyn Nets to a must-needed win to go up 3-2.
The Milwaukee Bucks were ahead for most of the game until Durant took over.
This was such a beautiful masterpiece on a basketball floor.
It was by far the greatest game in Nets history.
However, does this mean Durant is the greatest player in their history?
Durant has only played there for one full season so far, but he is one of the greatest players we have ever seen.
Is Durant the best player in Nets history?
Let’s check both sides of the debate.
Durant Is The Best Player In Nets History
We all laid eyes on that unbelievable display by Durant.
There has never been anyone in their franchise history capable of playing like that.
Maybe Julius Erving, but that was during the ABA days.
Durant did this down big in the third quarter, played every minute, and took the series lead with him.
He is on the shortlist of best players to ever put on a Nets jersey.
Yes, he has not been there for more than two years.
However, his talent and ability to lead a contender each year could have him lined up to be the best player already.
Kevin Durant tore his achilles in 2019.
Two years later he is averaging playoff career-highs 33.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.8 blocks.
— StatMuse (@statmuse) June 16, 2021
The Nets history is not as in depth as the Los Angeles Lakers or Boston Celtics.
This is equivalent to Kawhi Leonard being a Toronto Raptors legend, despite playing only one season with the franchise.
Durant isn’t going to only spend one season with them.
He can win multiple titles here for all we know.
His play so far in their uniform should at least have him in the discussion.
Even without the long track record with them; Durant is doing things nobody could have fathomed for a Nets player.
Durant Is Not The Best Player In Nets History
Durant is the most talented player in franchise history, but he is not the best.
He has only played one season.
If they win the title, you can still make the case, but it still might not be enough.
This Nets team is not an organic type of club.
Two superstars decided to go there and everything fell into place.
Then another superstar joined to make them even more dominant.
There is not a true dedicated fanbase behind this team.
Jason Kidd is a Hall of Famer who carried a team that was in the bottom of the league for so many years.
He took them to two NBA Finals and helped bring life back to the Nets.
As previously said, they do not have a long, nor great history.
However, Durant winning a title with this team, and in these circumstances, can’t make him jump over Kidd.
If he can go on to win more, then perhaps he is in the discussion.
As of right now, he still has room to grow to receive that distinction.