What A Second Championship Would Mean For Kevin Durant

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Kevin Durant
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after being named Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 to win the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Kevin Durant has established his legacy as a professional basketball player. By far one of the best players in the league, Durant finally won a title when he joined the Golden State Warriors. His monumental success as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder came without a title, however. Many will say that Durant had to join the Warriors to win a title because he couldn’t beat them. Well, if you can’t beat them, join them, right? The NBA world exploded when KD made his move to the Bay Area. Now, his legacy could be extended with yet another NBA Championship. 

Kevin Durant’s Legacy

Golden State once again finds themselves in the Western Conference Finals. A monstrous match-up against the top-seeded Houston Rockets stands in the Warriors’ way. This series will be no easy task to handle. Both the Warriors and Rockets are elite teams, and this series will be epic. For Durant, this series is about advancing and trying for another championship. With the Warriors being one of the best teams in the league, we all knew this match-up was coming. We just had to wait on it. Imagine what could have been had Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden all stuck together in OKC. A title or two could have already been in their hands. But, everything happens for a reason.

What a Second Championship Would Mean for KD

Durant had to leave Oklahoma City to chase a championship. The pieces weren’t fitting in OKC, and he needed to join a super team to accomplish his goal. Now that he has a title, what would a second one mean? His legacy is already great. However, a second championship would make it that much better. A future Hall-of-fame candidate, Durant has instilled his greatness into Golden State’s winning mentality. A title in 2018 would boost his chances at being one of the greatest players of his generation. 

Now, winning championships is not the only factor that makes a player great. But, Durant is such an elite player that winning a title only adds to his greatness. The talented Warriors have so many great players that KD fits right in. Leaving Oklahoma City proved to be the best move for Durant, and that was proven when he won his first ring. The amount of help he has with the Warriors surpasses his help he had in OKC by a mile. 

The NBA has seen numerous players join better teams, but a super-team is rare. When Durant made the move, it out Golden State in a position to compete for championships for the foreseeable future. Acquiring such an elite player like Durant was the final piece the Warriors needed to continue their quest for titles.

With a strong resume already, a second championship would mean so much for Durant alone. Something that he hadn’t accomplished before, the veteran Star now has his chance at a second ring and another accomplishment to add to his Hall-of-Fame resume. The Warriors will first have to go through the Rockets and then the Cleveland Cavaliers or Boston Celtics in the Finals.

 

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  1. Durant proved he is not a true team leader superstar. You can make the lebron to heat argument all day, but the heat were barely over .500 and hadn’t made it past the first round of the playoffs in 4 years. The warriors had been to the finals 2 years in a row, won the finals the first time, and set the record with winning 73 wins the year before. If he had gone to any other team(but the cavs) and tried to create is own superteam that would have been respectable. But he joined a team with 3 superstars already, and kept beating him, ha! He will make the hof because he is a special player, but he will never be in the conversation for an all-timer and may have ruined steph’s chance to be an all-time great. If MJ had joined the Pistons or Lakers in 1990 his legend would be greatly diminished, unless he took over the team and won 10 straight, most without magic and Kareem or Isaiah and Dumars he would not be the GOAT. Sorry Durant unless Steph and Klay leave and then you win at least 1 you will always be a fantastic talent who never proved YOU could win one, and that is a huge blemish on your legacy.

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