Kevin Durant just completed his fifth NBA season.
It’s time now to take a moment to reflect upon the first five years of Durant’s career. He’s taken an Oklahoma City team from obscurity to greatness, but still fallen a little short of getting what NBA players deem as the crowning accomplishment (and rightly so) of their careers: an NBA title.
But what Durant hasn’t done is promise championships. Durant hasn’t called himself the best player in the league. Durant hasn’t compared himself to the All Time Greats. No, we’re doing that.
It’s refreshing to see a player like “Durantula” who doesn’t take every moment to wallow in his own greatness. He’s now led the league in scoring for the last three seasons, but knows ultimately that those individual accomplishments won’t mean that much without a championship. I’ve compared Durant to former NBA legend George Gervin, and truthfully, he could be even better. Both had the natural scoring touch and ability to lead the league in scoring regularly. Like Durant, Gervin also led the league in scoring three consecutive seasons, and four times total throughout his illustrious career.
But you know what George “Iceman” Gervin never did?
Win a championship.
So I am guessing Durant hopes the comparisons end there. I’m guessing Durant wants to solidify himself in the next tier of superstars. But he’s doing so without promising anything, and that’s the way it should be. He’s saved his talking for the court, and though he fell short, though LeBron James had an amazing series, Durant is still only a spry 23 years old, with many great seasons ahead of him. The time had come for James, who is now 28 with the hairline of a 48 year old, and though theoretically he should be in his prime, we wonder how long that prime will extend with the amount of milage on his knees and ankles, not to mention the fact that carrying 265 pounds of muscle will take its toll on the entire body, disks, joints, and all.
Kevin Durant may have that worry too, but for now, what he has is a lot of seasons in front of him. He’s done well in NOT following LeBron’s ways, of not running his mouth. Let’s hope it stays that way.