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“Many times LeBron has been misinterpreted as a point guard, which is incredible. Kevin Durant, to me, in my personal opinion, is the best player in the NBA. He can easily bring the ball to the floor. That’s the style that the violation triangle allows one of us to running points or being a postal person or filling a corner. This is not a requirement to have a point guard, you can have player skills with 3 or 4 people on the same team playing multiple positions. “
It was rather shocking to hear Kukoc describe Durant as the best NBA player at the moment, given that he had just recovered from a broken Achilles – an injury that almost unilaterally changed his career.
The last time we saw Durant on the floor, however, he was past looks like the best player on the planet. His combination of size, athleticism and shooting is generational, to the point that he has become one of the 15 greatest players in league history at the age of 31. We must look at the version of Durant’s return for the 2020-21 season to measure accurately what the next chapter will look like.
As for the debate about who is the best player on the planet, it’s probably the most open since the mid-2000s. LeBron’s grip on the coat has been loosened over the past few years, partly because of climbing people like Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kawhi Leonard, and because of age has forced him to play playoffs in a sustainable manner.
Antetokounmpo will escape with his second straight MVP if a vote is held today, but his lack of playoff achievements presses to a halt on the seizure of the throne.
That question is likely to be answered in the 2020 playoffs. However, the coronavirus pandemic is holding it – and all sports-related questions – on hold.
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