The pressure is on in Oklahoma City this year and it falls squarely on the shoulders of Kevin Durant. The former MVP is entering his ninth season in the league and is on a team that many believe should represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals.
It’s time; hell, it’s been time. This is the year that Durant needs to step up and lead his team to the promise land. He’s believed by many to be the second-best player in the world on one of the best teams in the league. Outside of bringing his team to the finals in 2012, the Thunder have had a lackluster run in the playoffs over the course of his career. Now, it’s not all Durant’s fault; but the expectation is that a superstar of his caliber should be able to rise above the mediocrity on the team, and lead them to a championship.
With that being said, it’s important to keep in mind that he’s playing with one of the top five players in the game; Russell Westbrook. While many speculate that they can’t win a ring together because of how ball centric Westbrook is, it’s not like Durant is lacking for talented teammates.
I’ve someone that called out Lebron for leaving Cleveland and running to Miami so he could play with All-Stars because he couldn’t win a ring on his own. Well, he won two in Miami and almost singlehandedly brought the Cavs to a championship last season; Durant has played with the likes of Westbrook and James Harden, and still doesn’t have a ring to show for it. To be fair, Durant does play in the much more competitive Western Conference, but again, the time for excuses are over; it’s time to get it done.
Believe it or not, I’m a huge Durant fan and supporter. There was a time early on in his career that I believed he could end up being a better player than Lebron [clearly I was wrong], when their careers were all said and done. Being such a strong supporter of Durant, it’s getting harder for me to defend him being the second-best in the game with no ring and a lackluster playoff resume.
I believe that this is his last year as a member of the Thunder and it’ll mean more to Durant’s legacy if he wins a championship in Oklahoma City, then if he leaves and wins one with another team. If he wants to be considered one of the best [ever], then it’s time for him to show up when it counts.