Kevin Durant Questions His Absence from GOAT Conversation in Basketball

‣ Kevin Durant, a two-time NBA champion, MVP winner, three-time Olympic gold medalist, and a four-time scoring leader, believes his legacy is greater than perceived and questions why he isn’t in the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) conversation.
‣ Durant’s recent performance included scoring 40 points in Phoenix’s 117-110 victory against Indiana, contributing to their fifth-straight win.
‣ Durant became the 14th player in NBA history to score 40+ points without attempting a free throw.


Kevin Durant is undeniably a legend in the NBA. This Suns superstar’s accolades include being a two-time champion, an MVP winner, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and a four-time scoring leader. When his career winds down, he’ll be remembered as one of our generation’s greats, a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame.

But, could Durant’s legacy be even grander than we realize? He recently suggested to the press that there’s a single reason he isn’t in the GOAT conversation. “Because I went to the Warriors,” he said, referencing his controversial decision to join Golden State. He challenged, “Why shouldn’t I be in that? That’s the question you should ask. Why not? What haven’t I done?”

Durant posed this question after a stellar 40-point performance in Phoenix’s 117-110 victory against Indiana. This victory marked their fifth consecutive win and the second game in a row that the All-Star trio, including Devin Booker and Bradley Beal, played together. Durant felt they were played “straight up,” and when that happens, they’re going to be aggressive.

The Arizona franchise is finally enjoying a healthy roster after a few weeks, and it’s no coincidence they’re on a five-game winning streak. Booker said, “It’s the definition of pick your poison,” and with an aggressive mindset, he believes they’ll be hard to stop, especially late in the game with the spacing out there.

In the game against the Pacers, Devin dropped 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists, while Beal hit 25 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Durant also became only the 14th player to ever score 40+ points without a single free throw attempt.

The Pacers led the game 105-103 after Buddy Hield’s 3-pointer with 3:20 left, but Durant responded with another dagger from beyond the arc. Indiana’s coach, Rick Carlisle, considers Durant a very difficult player to contain. He said, “He’s a very unusual problem,” and believes that if Durant stays healthy, he’ll be in the top five all-time scorers.

Aaron Nesmith and newcomer Pascal Siakam guarded Durant during the game and believe their efforts were positive. They admitted Durant can hit shots even when well-guarded. Siakam, the former Raptors star, said, “I think he made tough shots,” and added, “Sometimes it goes like that for those type of players. You just have to make it tough on him.”

James Shotwell
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