The Brooklyn Nets currently resemble a dysfunctional family, with one of their stars, Kyrie Irving, in scalding hot water because of an anti-Semitic tweet and another of their key players, Ben Simmons, playing not well at all.
Brooklyn is currently 3-6, and the vultures are quickly circling overhead and closing in on the team, ready to devour them.
But they may not be able to catch Kevin Durant, who is playing as well as he ever has.
Through nine games, the future Hall of Famer is putting up 32.0 points on 52.2 percent shooting, 6.0 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.9 blocked shots per game.
In the Nets’ 128-86 wipeout of the Washington Wizards on Friday, Durant completely embarrassed center Daniel Gafford with a couple of shifty dribbles and a mid-range jumper.
KEVIN DURANT DROPPED HIM.
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) November 4, 2022
A few months ago, it looked like Durant’s Nets tenure was coming to an end after he asked the organization to trade him.
But he eventually got back on the same page with the franchise, and he has been one key member of the team that hasn’t really been causing problems so far this season.
Durant is now 34, and one has to wonder how many more years of stellar play he has left in his svelte 6-foot-10, 240-pound frame.
The odds are sharply against him winning his third championship ring this season, and some wonder if he may renew his trade request should Brooklyn’s season get away from it in the months to come.
But at least for now, Durant may be the one stabilizing force the team has, and he is a precious one at that.