Kevin Durant succeeded to win his first NBA championship title in just one season playing for the Golden State Warriors. However, like Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, Durant denied that he’s playing for a superteam.
Since Durant’s arrival in Bay Area, most people considered the Warriors as a superteam. The former MVP just joined a team who established a 73-9 regular season record but blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals. He also teamed up with a two-time MVP (Steph Curry) and two other NBA All-Stars (Klay Thompson and Draymond Green).
Kevin Durant doesn’t see GSW as a superteam
Before the 2016-17 NBA season started, the Warriors emerged as the top favorite to win the 2017 NBA championship title. The predictions went right and the Warriors almost ended the NBA Playoffs 2017 with a 16-0 record. As of most people think, Golden State’s current roster is too much to handle even for the Cleveland Cavaliers or other superteams in the NBA.
However, for Kevin Durant, the Warriors aren’t a superteam despite having four NBA All-Stars as their starters. The 2017 NBA Finals MVP explained why the Warriors shouldn’t be called a superteam.
“First of all, if everybody wanted Steph, he would have been the No. 1 pick,” Durant said, per ESPN. “A lot of people passed on him. A lot of people doubted Steph, saying he wasn’t going to be this good. Klay Thompson, he was just supposed to be this OK shooter in the league, like that’s what you thought of Klay Thompson when he came in. Draymond, nobody wanted him. He was a 6-5 power forward. [They said] he couldn’t play in the league, he couldn’t start in the NBA. Shaun Livingston had a crazy knee injury.
“Nobody wanted him. Nobody thought that he would get back to being Shaun Livingston. Andre Iguodala, he got traded a couple of times. Nobody wanted him. A lot of people didn’t expect these guys to be where they are today. Super team? No, we just work extremely well together. Coach puts us in a position to maximize our strengths.”
Teamwork makes the Warriors better than any other NBA teams
In his first season with the Warriors, Kevin Durant immediately built a good chemistry with his teammates. Durant believes teamwork and selflessness are the things that make the Warriors successful and not just talents. Like the Warriors, the New York Knicks were also considered a superteam. Unfortunately, the superstars on their team didn’t mesh well, resulting for the Knicks to fail to enter the playoffs.