“Make The Right Play”: Kevin Durant Opens Up About The Key Strengths That He Brings To The Nets

Published 10/02/2021, 2:30 PM EDT
SAITAMA, JAPAN – JULY 25: Kevin Durant (7) of USA in action during the Group A basketball match between USA and France within the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on July 25, 2021. (Photo by Elif Ozturk Ozgoncu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)


The NBA community widely regards Kevin Durant as the most talented scorer in the league’s history. Not the most prolific, but definitely the most talented one. He does not have any weak zone on the floor.

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From the moment he steps foot across the halfway line, he’s a threat to the opposition’s defense. Every team that he has been on has harbored solid championship ambitions.

And he himself is aware of that. He recently admitted that since the 2013-14 season, he has become aware of his value to this league and his team. This is what he told USA Today’s Mark Medina in an interview during team practice.

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Kevin Durant reveals the moment he realized his value in the league

In an interview with USA Today’s Mark Medina among other reporters, Durant spoke about the significance of making the right play. He said, “I never really try to gauge myself against the other players in the league. So I guess I just try to strive for perfection every time I’m out there. That may not always be to score, but it’s to make the right play. That’s what I try to pride myself on; making the right play every time, but then I definitely don’t do it. You know I still have to work on that every day.”

Further, when a reporter asked him about the moment he realized he has no weaknesses, he said, “I’m still learning and growing, but I do feel like what I bring to the table is always a positive for my team. I think I do more things positive than negative out there on the floor,although I do make mistakes.”

“I would say 2013, 2014 is when I really started to feel like I have established myself in the league. And what I do is positive for my team.” Of course, he realized that in the year he won the Most Valuable Player Award for the Regular Season during his time at Oklahoma.

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May 22, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) shoots a jump shot defended by Boston Celtics guard Evan Fournier (94) during the third quarter of game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Kobe Bryant admitted he could not figure Durant out

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In an interview after his retirement, Kobe Bryant admitted that Kevin Durant was the toughest player he had to guard in his career. He said that he retired without ever actually figuring out his game. So if the Mamba felt he could not figure out Durant, can any other defender in the league? Seems quite impossible.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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