Giannis Antetokounmpo might be the favorite for the 2018-19 NBA MVP, but that doesn't mean he's the best player in the league.
Not according to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith at least. His choice might surprise you, too.
"Giannis ain't in KD's class offensively," Smith said Thursday on First Take "... The only thing you can say about Kevin Durant is that he's skinny, and that's he's not as strong as Giannis. That's about it. There's nothing offensively that he can't do to put the ball in the hole."
YES I'm calling Kevin Durant the best player in the NBA right now. pic.twitter.com/TcrA6y3HaE— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) March 28, 2019
Durant displayed his offensive brilliance on Wednesday in the Warriors' 118-103 win over the Grizzlies. He played nearly perfect with the ball in his hands, and that's no exaggeration. The ultra-efficient scorer made 12 of his 13 field goal attempts and finished the night with 28 points.
"The game is easy for Kevin," Warriors coach Kerr said after the win. "It just is. I don't think there's ever been anybody as skilled at his size in the history of the league so he just does whatever he wants.
"He does whatever he wants each game. I felt like he could've gone 24-of-25 [tonight] if he wanted but he was distributing the ball and trying to get everybody involved and he was brilliant."
To Smith, there's only person who can slow down Durant, and he wears No. 35 on the Warriors.
"The biggest person that stop Kevin Durant, is Kevin Durant," Smith said. "There is no human being that steps on the basketball court that neutralizes, nullifies, and flat out stops Kevin Durant. It does not happen."
In a different system, Smith believes Durant could average 35 or 36 points per game if he wanted to. Instead, the Warriors are just fine with his 26.8 points while averaging 6.5 rebounds and a career-high 5.7 assists per game.