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Kevin Durant doubles down on ‘best player in the world’ talk


Kevin Durant may be coming off an injury-plagued 2014-15 season that saw him appear in only 27 games, but it hasn’t altered his perception regarding where he ranks among the top players in the NBA.

In fact, the 26-year-old Oklahoma City Thunder superstar, echoing sentiments he expressed in August, said that he believes he is actually the best player in the league during comments made while on a Nike promotional tour in Spain.

“Yes,” he said. “I’m still the best player in the world.”

As noted, Durant made similar comments last month when making an appearance at a Team USA training camp.

“No disrespect to anyone else but I feel like I’m the best player in the world,” he proclaimed.

Some will regrettably overreact to Durant’s comments, but what else is he supposed to say? The guy was coming off an MVP season before foot injuries derailed last season, and few would argue that he doesn’t deserve to be included in the discussion as it relates to the NBA’s top players. After all, we’re talking about a player who has averaged over 27 points/game for his entire career.

An athlete of Durant’s pedigree should believe he’s the best player in the game. To indicate otherwise would say a lot more about him — and not in a flattering way, either —  than had he deferred to LeBron James, Stephen Curry, James Harden or any other of his superstar NBA colleagues. Whether or not he actually is the best player in the NBA is immaterial. It’s that he believes he is the greatest is what’s most telling.

[H/T Eye on Basketball]