Brooklyn Nets new small forward Kevin Durant is a big fan of point guard Kyrie Irving, his expected-to-be partner in crime in Brooklyn in the 2020/21 season when KD comes back from a ruptured Achilles that he suffered during the 2019 NBA Finals.
Both Durant and Irving decided to sign with the Nets in free agency. Last season, it was reported that the two stars wanted to play with each other and they were able to make it happen in Brooklyn. This is not a surprise as Durant has nothing but good words towards Irving, the player in charge to lead the Nets while he’s inactive.
“I mean we all see it. He’s one of those guys that you never really have to talk about,” Durant told Chris Henderson. “Just watch him play he’ll make you feel a certain way when you watch him. You know his movements, his mentality out there, his smarts for the game, his efficiency. Like, he’s an all-around player.”
Kyrie is one of the best ball-handlers of all time and is one of the best finishers at the rim in the association right now. Last season he averaged 23.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 6.9 assists for the Boston Celtics while shooting 48.7 percent from the field, 40.1 percent from beyond the arc and 87.3 percent from the free-throw line.
Irving is going to replace All-Star D’Angelo Russell as the team’s point guard, hoping to take the team to the promised land while Durant is out. KD is widely expected to miss the entire 2019/20 season recovering from his Achilles injury, so Brooklyn will go as far as Irving can take them next season.