Last night basketball fans witnessed the conclusion of the 2016-2017 NBA season, with the Golden State Warriors winning the NBA finals. To be honest with you this really wasn’t any surprise at all. I mean at the beginning of the season you root for your team but in the back of all our heads we knew Golden State would win. We knew this because the Warriors were able to bring back there big 3, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, and then they were also able to bring in the second best player in the league in Kevin Durant. You would have been crazy not to think there was at least a good chance Golden State would win this year.
After Game 2 of this series, former Celtic, Paul Pierce said that Durant “may be the best player in the world today.”
Now obviously after Golden State beat Cleveland there are going to be a lot of talk about who is the best player in the world LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Durant did have a great finals and he did win the finals MVP, but I don’t see how people can all of a sudden say that he is better than LeBron James.
Yes, Kevin Durant did finally win a championship. However, it would have been shocking if they didn’t win with that team. By being on a super team Kevin Durant looked great, but that’s also because the other team has to worry about all of the other great players on the team.
If you take a look at the individual players instead of looking at what the team accomplished LeBron James is still a better player than Kevin Durant. In Game 5 of the Finals Durant had a great game, but what goes unnoticed is that LeBron James had a better game.
Kevin Durant: 39 Points, 7 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 1 Steal, 0 Blocks, 4 Turnovers
LeBron James: 41 Points, 13 Rebounds, 8 Assists, 2 Steals, 1 Blocks, 3 Turnovers
In all areas of the game LeBron James out played Kevin Durant. Now obviously that wasn’t enough to get the win for LeBron, but that more has to do with a super super team vs a super team. At the end of the day congrats to Durant for finally winning a ring, but he has not surpassed LeBron James for best player in the world.