Kevin Durant is entering his 15th season in the league. In those 15 years, Durant has established himself as arguably the best scorer in league history.
Entering his third season with the Brooklyn Nets, Durant doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon, especially when you consider his playoff performance from last season.
Kevin Durant feels more “at ease”
They say when you get older, you get wiser. That seems to be the case with KD.
“I really feel like I have been growing every single day and I am starting to understand the game a little bit more,” Durant said. “I kind of simplified it for myself. I try not to chase anything outside of just being the best that I can be on the floor.
I really try to approach every rep as trying to be the best I can be and everything else outside of that will take care of itself, so the results, if I prepare the right way, will handle themselves. Yeah, it’s made me at ease a little bit.”
As for how Durant has been growing, he finds that other people’s perception of him don’t matter as much to him as they once did.
“[When you are younger] you want to establish yourself in the league,” Durant said. “Sometimes you may overthink it and may think too much about reactions and opinions of others because you are on the journey to perfection. But start to relax a little bit and understand what this is about and understand the long game, and it definitely made my mental a little bit more at ease coming to the gym every day and not focusing on that stuff.”
It was evident from Durant’s play that he sticks to what he does best out there, as he continued to use his frame to his advantage with his ability to get lift off his pull-up jumpers and still use his burst of speed whenever necessary.
It also helps that he’s been willing to defer to his superstar teammates in past years, which include Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving and James Harden.
“Been doin this since TPain was pouring us nuvo…” https://t.co/nt93l6ic9Q
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) September 28, 2021
Could Durant win his second MVP Award?
Durant was in the running for the MVP Award early last season before being sidelined for two months with a left hamstring strain.
However, Durant looked good as new after missing a whole calendar year and a half with a right Achilles tear suffered in the 2019 NBA Finals, which ended any speculation that Durant’s best days were behind him.
Once the playoffs rolled around, Durant proved even further that he can carry his team on the game’s biggest stage, which included a 49 point, 17 rebounds and 10 assists performance in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks.
At this juncture, Durant has probably surpassed LeBron James as the best basketball player on the planet. The question becomes, will he be able to stay healthy enough to win his second MVP Award?
There will be several candidates for the award next season, including Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, LeBron and Harden.