Kevin Durant to Play In Upcoming Tokyo Olympics Alongside Damian Lillard & Bradley Beal

Published 06/21/2021, 11:12 AM EDT
Aug. 12, 2012 – London, England, United Kingdom – Team USA basketball gold medal winners including LEBRON JAMES, KEVIN DURANT, DERON WILLIAMS, JAMES HARDING, RUSSELL WESTBROOK, KOBE BRYANT, and ANTHONY DAVIS pose for photos after their game against Spain during the 2012 London Summer Olympics. ((Photo by Mark Makela/Corbis via Getty Images)


Kevin Durant is arguably one of the greatest players to ever grace the basketball court. With his ability to score with the mid-range, post-ups and three pointers, Durant is the most complete scorer in the league.

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After missing the last two seasons, this season was certainly pivotal for ‘Easy Money Sniper’ to prove that he was still one of the best in the game. While he did miss multiple games in the regular season, his averages of 26.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game were certainly a positive sign.

Jun 19, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) controls the ball against Milwaukee Bucks forward P.J. Tucker (17) in the first quarter during game seven in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Slim Reaper then balled out in the playoffs. After a dominant victory against the Celtics in the first round, KD carried an injury laden Nets side all the way to game 7 against an Eastern Conference juggernaut in Milwaukee Bucks. If not for a few inches, Durant almost ensured his team an appearance in the Conference Finals.

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Kevin Durant committed to Team USA for Upcoming Olympics

The 2020-21 NBA season was certainly one of the craziest in recent history. Given how stacked the fixture list was for the calender year, many players and teams looked extremely fatigued. With the Tokyo Olympics starting weeks after the NBA season, many players might be in risk of a shorter off-season yet again.

Despite these concerns, Nets’ superstar Kevin Durant is reportedly expected to commit to the USA basketball team for the Olympics. He will now join the likes of Bradley Beal and Damian Lillard to commit for the Olympics.

Apart from Lillard, Beal and Durant, Warriors forward Draymond Green as well as Jayson Tatum are set to be featured in the OIympics. Given the plethora of talented players USA has, Durant and Co. will certainly be the tournament favorites.

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Durant has had his fair share of experience in the Olympics. Making his debut in 2012 London Olympics, KD and Co. won the gold medal in emphatic fashion. He added to his ever-increasing trophy cabinet with yet another gold medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Given the form Durant is in and given how talented his supporting cast is, the Slim Reaper might win his 3rd Olympic Gold Medal in Tokyo. Can KD lead his nation to the promised land for the fourth time in row?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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