Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant has had a pretty interesting summer and is entering the NBA in a position he’s not used to: underdog.
After a really disappointing 2021-22 season and a terribly short postseason showing, Durant only made matters worse when he demanded a switch from his team.
That exchange never happened and Durant ended up making amends with Brooklyn, but the entire episode tarnished his standing with many.
“I love Jayson Tatum… He’s no better than Kevin Durant.” pic.twitter.com/p7qeGQCjEx
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) September 22, 2022
Now, just weeks before the new season, ESPN has predicted that he will be the league’s seventh-best player.
Prior to last season, Durant held the number one spot on this list.
Seventh is still very respectable, but a drop of six places is a little surprising.
But NBA analyst and former player Jalen Rose supports Durant and defended the former MVP on ESPN.
“I love [number six pick] Jayson Tatum,” Rose said.
“He’s no better than Kevin Durant,” he added.
Rose isn’t the only one with that opinion, but it can’t be denied that Durant’s career is at a rocky point right now.
Doubts about Durant
With the bad season and the difficult offseason that followed, Durant is now seen as someone who may not be as competitive and challenging as he once was.
He knows he has a lot of skeptics and, frankly, a lot of enemies as well.
There are a lot of people who don’t like how he handled their business demands and would love to see him fail.
While your last season he was bad, no one should tell Durant because he’s still one of the best living players in the NBA.
He has a chance to prove it again in the new season.