Kendrick Perkins Chooses Giannis Antetokounmpo as the Best Player Over Former Teammate Kevin Durant in the NBA

Published 09/24/2021, 2:54 PM EDT
Jun 19, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives past Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) in the third quarter during game seven in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


Some debates in the NBA circles are never-ending. The ‘GOAT’ debate is something that will go on forever. Another debate that hasn’t reached a conclusion is the ‘best player in the NBA right now. Many feel LeBron James and Stephen Curry are still the best, while others feel it’s someone between Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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The latest to join the Durant-Giannis bandwagon are Stephen A. Smith and Kendrick Perkins.

Giannis Antetokounmpo helped the Bucks win only their 2nd NBA championship and ended their 50-year-old championship drought. The ‘Greek Freak‘ subsequently became the Finals MVP unanimously.

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Jan 18, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) and Milwaukee Bucks power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) fight for a jump ball during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Meanwhile, ESPN recently adjudged Durant as the best player in the NBA. However, former Celtics guard Kendrick Perkins was unhappy with the top 10 rankings released by ESPN and felt that Giannis deserves to top those rankings.

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Kendrick Perkins feels Antetokounmpo is ahead of Kevin Durant

Former Boston Celtics star Kendrick Perkins appeared in a recent episode of ‘First Take‘ on ESPN. In the show, Stephen A. Smith said that Durant is the best player in the NBA.

However, Perkins disagreed and said that Antetokounmpo will be the best for the next decade. Perkins has shared the video of the debate on his Twitter and reiterated that ‘Greek Freak’ is the best currently.

CHICAGO, USA – OCTOBER 6: Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) of Milwaukee Bucks during the preseason NBA game between Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks, in Chicago, United States, on October 6, 2017.
(Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

“Two-time MVP, Defensive Player of the Year in the same year. Joins the company of Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon. And what was the knock on Giannis? That he did not complete the mission. But now that he has not only completed it, he dominated. Down 0-2, coming back, winning four straight, averaging 35, 13, along with 1.5 blocks. And let’s not talk about game six,” Perkins said.

“We have to deal with this brother for the next 10 years. Six of those years, he is going to dominate the league and be the most dominant player, which might put him in the category of being the best player in the league over the next five to six years. The last four of those years on the backend, he’s going to have a really good four years.”

Antetokounmpo-led Bucks defeated Kevin Durant’s Nets in the Conference semifinals last season. The ‘Greek Freek’ posted monstrous numbers and averaged 31.9 PPG, 12.9 RPG, and 3.6 APG in the seven-game series against the Nets. Even Durant was at his best but couldn’t help the Nets in winning the series.

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However, he scored 48 points in the final, including a two-pointer that sent the game to overtime. But the Bucks managed to win in the extra time and booked a place in the Conference Finals.

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Durant has recently signed a contract extension with the Bucks and has set his sights on the third NBA championship of his career. The Nets have assembled a ‘super team’ for the coming season and are being touted as the top contender for the 2021-22 NBA championship.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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