When Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors, it completely shifted the balance of power in the league. The Warriors were already the best team in the league and made back-to-back NBA Finals appearances while winning one of them.
Adding Durant to the team was something that fans had previously only seen in NBA 2K games. As a result, the Dubs went to three more Finals and won two more championships.
But after the 2019 NBA Finals, KD decided it was time to leave the Warriors and get a team of his own. He did so by joining forces with Kyrie Irving and selected Brooklyn Nets as his destination.
Following that decision, most fans believed that the Warriors dynasty was over and it will be very unlikely that the Dubs would make another Finals appearance, let alone win a ring.
Well, fast forward to 2022, KD and the Nets were swept in the opening round of the playoffs and the Warriors have advanced to the 2022 NBA Finals. It is amazing how quickly the Warriors bounced back and now are in a perfect position to add another championship to their resume.
Keeping that in mind, an NBA fan on Twitter made sure to point out the fact that the Warriors replaced KD with Andrew Wiggins and still made the finals pretty easily:
"The Warriors replaced Kevin Durant with Andrew Wiggins and still made the finals pretty easily."
Considering this is a very controversial post, many fans reacted to this tweet. While a lot of fans supported the tweet, there were plenty who disagreed with it:
As many fans pointed out, Kevin Durant definitely needed the Warriors more than the team needed him. Because even without Durant, the Dubs made it to the Finals.
Of course, there were many factors in favor of the Warriors. As they didn't face a healthy Denver Nuggets in the first round and Ja Morant didn't play the entire second-round series for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Despite getting lucky, the Warriors still needed to play well in the WCF, which they did by dominating Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.
Regardless of how the Warriors made it to the Finals, if they end up winning it all, the narrative will be against KD and how leaving the Warriors was a poor decision from the former MVP.
If Durant wants to make sure it doesn't play out like this, he needs to win a ring with the Nets very soon. But will he even stay with the team next season? He hasn't spoken to the franchise since losing 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs.