Kevin Durant is entering his first full season with the Phoenix Suns, and in many ways this could be the most important one of his illustrious career. A top 25 player of all-time at the very least, the end of Durrant’s prime is in sight.
At 34-years-old, the opportunity to add to his two championships, two finals MVPs and single regular season MVP is as good as it has ever been next season. Fresh off a failed “Big 3” experiment with the Brooklyn Nets, Durant now finds himself beside two players in Devin Booker and Bradley Beal who bring less off court drama.
The Suns will expect a lot from Durant because of how much they parted with to get him, and he has to deliver.
For this version of Durant, it is not about being the face of a franchise (that belongs to Booker), and it has never been about being liked. No, it is about entering rarified air and winning at the highest level with two different organizations, seven years apart.
Durant has been accused in the past of joining one of the greatest teams of all-time in the Golden State Warriors, in order to finally get over the hump. The recently revealed CBA was designed to curtail the creation of superteams, and yet here Durant finds himself again. Alongside Booker and now Beal, and somehow still unable to escape Kyrie Irving. The stakes have never been higher.