by Gunner Ellsworth – Staff Reporter
This summer, one of the most historic moments of all time in the NBA occurred; Kevin Durant was signed to the Golden State Warriors. He will now be teaming up with the likes of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to compete for the NBA title.
First, about Kevin Durant as a player. Senior Tyson Wenger said that “He is soft”, but let’s look at what Durant has done. He was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2014, four-time NBA scoring champion, NBA Rookie of the Year: 2008, six-time All-NBA selection, and seven-time NBA All-Star.
For this reason, many teams wanted Durant to be released from his free agency, including the Celtics, Clippers, and Spurs. When asked, if Durant should have picked a different team, Junior Zach Archibald said, “No!! there is no better team than Golden State.”
The main concern that has risen by Kevin Durant joining the warriors is him having to share the spotlight with Stephen Curry, last year’s MVP.
Senior Julien Potts’ thoughts on this were, “With Durant joining the Warriors it could create a chemistry shift on the team, seeing as Curry took the majority of the shots last year, and with the addition of KD there are less shots for the best backcourt in the league.” This is true, however, Curry was one of the main advocates for the signing of Durant.
Another question is if Kevin Durant will improve the Warriors enough give them a ring in this upcoming NBA championship.
If there is another matchup for the Cavaliers, and the Warriors in the finals then Potts predicts, “The warriors had a solid starting five and traded away their bench for KD (Kevin Durant), the Cavs will still have a great bench and LeBron James beats out Durant in his position so the Cavs still have the upper hand.”
It currently appears that the Warriors and Cavs will be the finals contenders for the third year in a row, people believe that Durant will be good enough to beat the championship Cavs, while others believe the Cavs are still better.
In regards to the Kevin Durant signing, is the nobility of his choice? Is he a traitor for leaving OKC, or was it a smart career decision?
Wenger argues that it was not a noble thing to do, and that he abandoned OKC even though they were a championship caliber team.
Wenger said, “John Stockton didn’t leave Utah in the nineties for the bulls.” He was in a very similar situation. Stockton got beat in the finals by the bulls back to back times, but still stayed loyal to the Jazz through and this was the noble thing to do. If Stockton had joined the bulls he would have gotten a ring, Kevin Durant has made his decision, and what the team becomes is up in the air.