Could Kevin Durant Realistically Be World’s Best Player This Season?

September 14th, 2015 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

Kevin Durant intimately knows the sound of opportunity's knock, but the urgency attached to these particular raps is more intense than ever.

The 2015-16 NBA season is his last, best chance to reign supreme over the basketball world.

LeBron James has yet to abdicate his throne as the planet's premier player. Even when Durant captured the 2013-14 MVP award, few viewed the honor as an actual changing of the guard.

"LeBron is still the best player in the world, better than Durant on defense and more versatile on offense,"'s Scott Howard-Cooper wrote in 2014.

Whenever Father Time seizes the 30-year-old James' crown, it's no longer a formality that Durant will be the next to don it. The New Orleans Pelicans' 22-year-old phenom Anthony Davis has forced his way into that discussion, and last season saw Stephen Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook push themselves to previously unseen heights.

The league isn't waiting for Durant to ease back into action after missing all but 27 games last season to a trio of foot surgeries. He has to simultaneously dethrone James and prevent his fellow compe ...

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