Former MVP Kevin Durant will play with the reigning MVP Stephen Curry in the Golden State Warriors this season. Is Durant ready to adapt to the playing style of Curry and company?
Durant has repeatedly said that winning the NBA title is the greatest challenge in his career at this stage. For that, he needs to gel with Steve Kerr’s Warriors team. Can he co-exist with Stephen Curry?
In Oklahoma City Thunder, Durant has partnered a man who has been aggressive from his first day in the professional league. Point guard Russell Westbrook’s reckless attacks were considered as a constant threat to OKC’s efficiency.
He was expected to be a set-up man for Durant, but he never played that role. He was his own superhero and Kevin Durant was the game with it. Playing with Westbrook has prepared Durant to team up with a man like Curry, feel experts.
Dwyane Wade struggled to adapt to LeBron James’ game in 2011, according to the CBS Sports. The experience of playing with Westbrook would help Durant to gel with Curry in Warriors.
But guards Westbrook and Curry belong to two different genres in terms of style. Curry is a prolific three-point shooter, the best in the business now while the OKC star is a nuclear engine.
And it was the OKC guard who played a catalyst role in Durant’s decision to land in Warriors. The Thunder isn’t a contender unless both the stars don their colors. And Westbrook didn’t guarantee the franchise that he would stay in Oklahoma next summer when he becomes a free agent.
Westbrook’s flippant, non-committal attitude, perhaps scared Durant, who is keen to taste the championship, as reported by the Fox Sports. It was the OKC guard who determined Durant’s move to Golden State this summer.