Arena: Kevin Durant’s Power Move Will Change the NBA
If you can’t beat them, join them right? Kevin Durant will leave OKC after 9 years to join arguably the best team in NBA history. He will be teaming up with reigning MVP Steph Curry and his lethal trio of Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala. One thing is for sure: OKC fans are angry (think Lebron going to the Heat). People are burning his jersey and swearing off the superstar forever.
Fans, players, retirees, and commentators have all weighed in on the big move. Everybody has an opinion and while some admire him, others are upset that he left a legacy behind to join a team that beat OKC. There are two sides to the argument: He is desperate for chasing a ring and almost “cheating” his way to a title or that he wants to win and made the best possible move for his career. I've always been a KD fan, how can you not. After his MVP speech, people grew to love him even more. The odds were against him: He grew up in a single parent household with a mother who sacrificed everything for her kids. Nothing was given to Durant and his work ethic lead him to stardom in the NBA. As much as I respect him as a player and a family man, I have to side with those that are criticizing his move. He was not suffering on a team that had few wins. He was 48 minutes away from the NBA finals and helped prove that the Warriors are not completely invincible. Him and Westbrook were the second best duo in the NBA. It will heavily affect the East and the landscape of the NBA next season. It was evident that the Cavs would win in the East because the team dominated, King James wouldn't have it any other way. The West had multiple contenders: The Warriors, Spurs, Thunder, and even a sneaky comeback from the Trailblazers. Now, people are joking that the Golden State Superteam should just be given the title from now. Who will dare step up against a team lead by two of the most talented MVPs in the league? This is a team that went 73-9 without Durant, so it is almost scary what they will do with their newest offensive weapon. There are a lot of are comical remarks about next season and players are speculating that the team will almost be unbeatable.
It's clear the team will completely dominate with their superior roster, but let's hone in on the stats from last season to see how the team will acclimate. They got rid of Barnes making it sensible to get Durant, completing a line up with All-Star players. Barnes averaged 11.7 PPG in the regular season, where KD had 28.4 PPG, the third highest in the NBA. And what about the pure size difference on the defense? He is known for his offense, but KD's defense was the reason for success in the finals. He had 12 blocks in the playoffs and was a defensive monster with his 6'9 body. Not only are you replacing a guy who was shaky this season, but you're doing it with one of the best players in the NBA.