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Often Accused of Being ‘Carried’ by Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant Topples His Ex-Warriors Teammates by a Wide Margin

Published 09/25/2023, 10:13 AM EDT

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Kevin Durant has been one of the best players in the league for over a decade. And he still hasn’t been given his due respect. He is one of the most talented and gifted scorers the NBA has ever seen. He was the original ‘Unicorn’. The one asterisk over his career is that he joined the ‘73-9 Warriors in 2016. This made the Warriors one of the most dominant teams the league has ever seen.

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The Warriors dominated the league for four years before KD got injured in the 2019 NBA finals and left the Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets.

Was KD the Best Player on the Warriors’ Roster?


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In the mid to late 2010s, the Golden State Warriors had a stacked roster. The team included NBA stars like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and DeMarcus Cousins, to name a few. Warriors revolutionized the game and completely dominated the NBA for a period of five years, when KD also joined the team.

Analysts and fans criticized KD for making this move because he left OKC Thunder for a Warriors team that was already dominating the league. The Warriors made a regular season record by winning 73 games, but they lost to the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.


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When KD joined the Warriors, the team faced chemistry issues, but they resolved it. It was no doubt who was the best player on the Warriors roster. The Warriors gave KD the keys to the offense and Steph took a supporting role. Between 2017 and 2019, KD and the Warriors won two NBA Finals out of three. With KD winning finals MVP on two occasions, he has a better winning percentage in the NBA finals than his Warriors teammates. KD has a winning percentage of 66.67%, while Draymond and Klay have 63.64% and Steph has a percentage of 61.76% in the NBA Finals.


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KD’s Career since Leaving Warriors

Kevin Durant left the Warriors after they lost to the Raptors in the 2019 finals. KD tore his Achilles tendon in the finals and sat out the whole 2019-20 season. He decided to join the Nets with his buddy, Kyrie Irving in 2019. It was feared that KD might not be the same after the injury. But KD returned with menace and the league was put on notice that he still had the skills to dominate the league.


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KD along with Kyrie and Harden, took the Nets to the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2021. But the Nets lost to the Bucks in seven games. In 2022, KD started the season with the Nets, but he soon requested a trade. They dealt him to the Suns, where he paired up with Devin Booker. KD again lost in the conference semifinals, this time against the Denver Nuggets. The Suns are the frontrunners for the NBA title this season and KD will be looking to add more titles to his collection.

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Written by:

Dushyant Singh


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Dushyant Singh is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. His basketball script journey began in 2020 when he was captivated by the Los Angeles Lakers’ triumphant NBA championship win. Before that he was merely dribbling and dunking as a boy next door.
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Saumya Khanduja