Kevin Durant has already achieved the ultimate goal of winning both a league and NBA Finals MVP along with two championships. However, with the Warriors line up being so overpowered and dominate, Durant may be currently being held back from breaking history.
ESPN’s Scottie Pippin spoke on ‘The Jump’ last Friday where he discussed that Kevin Durant could become the greatest shooter in the history of the NBA but because of the Warriors dominance, he doesn’t need to perform at that elite level all game.
“KD could be remember as the greatest player, the greatest scorer to ever play the game. But because he’s playing with two of the greatest shooters to ever play the game, he’s on chill mode. That’s crazy.
Because no one can stop this guy. He’s 6-foot-11, he can shoot over anyone, he can get his shot off at any time. He’s a defender. But he’s such an unselfish player and he plays the game the right way. He went into a situation where he hasn’t stepped on anybody’s toes. He hasn’t went there to try to be the league’s leading scorer – which, we all know, he can.
And he’s just in chill mode. He is gonna be a guy that could have averaged 35, 40 points in this league – and he’s accepting winning over all. Nothing individual. It’s about the team.”
Pippin believes that Durant could easily be the league’s leading scorer if he didn’t play so unselfishly during the regular season. However, it’s clear that for Durant, the one and only focus for the season is to win as many games as possible and push the Warriors into yet another NBA Finals series.
So far, Durant is averaging 27.7 points per game and he won 4 NBA Scoring Awards, but last was in 2014 with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In fairness to teammates such as Steph Curry, they too could have the potential to increase their offensive performance if the Warriors played more as individuals and not as a team. Eleven games into the season and the Warriors are already ranked first in the Western Conference standings with just the one loss so far. Nothing is certain as it’s still very early in the season but it looks like the Warriors are going to be an extremely tough beat come postseason when they lift yet another gear.