Bird. Magic. Jordan. Kobe. Durant.
This is a familiar list of greatness in the NBA and Kevin Durant is headed for the inevitable single name treatment that defines the nature of a champion. Just three years in the NBA, and at the ripe young age of 22, a plethora of accomplishments seem only to be a preview of what is to come for an exciting decade in the NBA. The young star not only possesses tremendous talent and a honed skill set, but there is also an aura, a radiance emanating from his thin body, a confidence that was displayed last season when he smashed the record for most games in a row scoring 25 points or more and when his team took the World Champion L.A. Lakers to six games before bowing out of the postseason. Not that this wasn’t enough, but the offensive prowess of Durant brought home the gold for the USA basketball team in this year’s FIBA World Championship for the first time since 1994 and they did it with a second tier roster without the likes of LeBron, Kobe and Wade. Kudos to Kevin Durant. And kudos to his team.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are one of the rare few with its roster largely intact from last season and this bodes well for a team that was really turning up the heat. With Russell Westbrook, who was also huge for the success of the USA team, running the point and being a viable second option, O.K. City seems to be, well, more than just okay for the upcoming season. They are bound to be one of NBA’s elite teams next season and may very well be the most formidable foe for the Lakers in the West and for the Miami Heat in the East. But what Durant is for the Thunder, is comparable to what Bird was for the Celtics and Jordan for the Bulls. Durant will ensure the team’s success, and greatness will be coined Durant.