‘Way Better’: Kendrick Perkins Explains Why Giannis Antetokounmpo Already Has a Better Legacy Than Kevin Durant

Published 08/03/2021, 12:03 AM EDT
Jun 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) shoots a three point shot against Milwaukee Bucks power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the third quarter of game one in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The 2021-22 NBA season is a much-anticipated event now. The reigning NBA champions, the Milwaukee Bucks, will receive their much-deserved rings. Moreover, Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to have his name buzzing all around the Fiserv Forum.

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Through his finals win, where Giannis put up 35 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists, he wrote a great chapter in his career. Moreover, he drove arguments that he could be the best player in the NBA right now. His battle against Kevin Durant and the Nets, where they came back from 0- 2 down to clinch the series, was a notable triumph in the playoffs.

Jul 20, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) begins to celebrate during the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns during game six of the 2021 NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Now, comparing Durant and Giannis’ legacy, who has the better one? Recently, Kendrick Perkins, who chose his side, may have left everyone in shock.

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Perkins says Giannis Antetokounmpo has a better legacy

On The Jump, when asked about who he thinks has the better legacy, Perk did not shy away from saying the ‘Greek Freak’ has the better legacy. He explained that he is not saying Giannis is the better player. To him, legacy is like writing a book. Hence, he feels Antetokounmpo has a better story than KD.

Perkins said: “I pick Giannis… I didn’t say who was the best player, or who was the better player. Obviously, that’s Kevin Durant. When you think about legacy, you think about their story. And you think about basically writing a book and the chapters of their story. Right now, Giannis’ story is way better than KD’s. So, to me, he has a better legacy.”

Perk made his argument based on Antetokounmpo being drafted 15th and waiting for a chance to prove himself. On the other hand, everyone had high hopes for Kevin Durant coming out of high school. In addition, he spoke about how Giannis Antetokounmpo won a championship with a small market team, which had not won in 50 years. Perkins said that his run reminded him of Kobe Bryant or LeBron James.

Jun 19, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) puts up a one handed jump shot over Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) in the second quarter during game seven in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Who has the better legacy?

This is a tough question to answer since both of them are still playing at a high level. However, saying that Giannis has a better legacy right now seems a little much.

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

Yes, Giannis won a storybook championship. Despite having the ability to go wherever he wanted to, he stayed with the small-market team and won them a chip. He has won back-to-back MVPs and a DPOY in just 8 years in the NBA, joining just MJ and Hakeem Olajuwon as the 3 players who have these accolades. Moreover, he has been to the All-Star game 5 times.

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However, Kevin Durant has been in the league for over 10 years and still continues to perform at a top-level. Even after an ACL injury, he came back and had the best scoring playoffs of his career averaging 34 a game. He has won 2 Finals MVPs and 1 regular season MVP. Also, he has been an All-Star 11 times and has 4 scoring titles. He is one of the best offensive players in the history of basketball.

Jun 13, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts following a basket during the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets during game four in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

To sum it up, Giannis has a lot more to show and can definitely end with a greater legacy. But, as of now, KD takes this one. Who do you think has the better legacy? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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