Kevin Durant: Russell Westbrook believes I’m NBA’s best player
Kevin Durant called Russell Westbrook the Thunder’s best player.
How does he justify that unpopular opinion?
Durant, via Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman:
On the surface, it’s nice that teammates are supporting each other. Westbrook has called Durant world’s best player, so this is more than just hearsay. Durant and Westbrook clearly share a deep respect for each other.
But there is a damaging element to this dynamic. Durant too often defers to Westbrook, who is not shy about shooting no matter how good his teammates are. The problem has gotten significantly better, but it still pops up.
It’s reasonable to wonder: If Durant weren’t so smitten by Westbrook’s ability, would Durant shoot more – and would that make the Thunder better? I tend to think the answer to both questions is yes, but it’d also be foolish to discount the chemistry Durant fosters by so strongly vocalizing his praise for Westbrook.