As long as Kevin Durant is on the floor and healthy, the Brooklyn Nets will be a legit NBA championship contender.
Love him or hate him; he’s one of the most gifted and impactful players to ever lace them up, a guy who’s made a strong case for being the greatest pure scorer in NBA history.
In fact, according to NBA on ESPN, KD is on pace to have the highest true shooting percentage (67.2%) for a player averaging 30+ points per game (30.1) in league history, even higher than Wilt Chamberlain.
KD is averaging 30.1 PTS on 67.2% true shooting percentage.
That would be the highest true shooting percentage by a player to average 30 PTS in a season in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/kM5HZnQYHq
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 22, 2022
As great as he is, fans have often questioned Durant’s leadership and motivation.
Some believe leaving the Golden State Warriors was an ego-driven mistake as if he wanted to prove that he didn’t need anybody else to win.
Recently, however, the two-time NBA champion dismissed that narrative, stating that he’s never cared about entering the GOAT debate:
“[Leaving Golden State] It wasn’t about: ‘I want to be the best ever. I want to be better than LeBron or [Michael Jordan].’ I don’t give a s**t about that. I want to wake up every day and do what I do. If we win, I know that stuff comes with me being the best that I can be,” Durant told the Washington Post. “I’m proud to be a part of the history of the league and pushing the game forward.”
So, even if he never wins a ring again, or if he’s not a fan favorite anymore, KD’s name will be a big part of NBA history forever.