Durant is a great talent, a former MVP, but he his individual-stock fell when he joined the Golden State Warriors. This was a team that won a league’s best 73 games in a single season and he simply aligned himself with the best team possible. So how can he be considered the best player in the game but he doesn’t have to carry a team night in and out? His team could still contend for a title without him playing a single game.
The mark of the best players in the league is that they elevate the games of the people around them. Durant is averaging a solid 5 assists a game but this is not nearly as impressive on a super team that loves the three-point basket. Durant isn’t using court-vision or his basketball IQ to get these assists he simply has great shooters surrounding him. Compare this to a LeBron James and even a James Harden who both average around 9 assists with less talent surrounding them.
Stephen Curry has missed time with an ankle injury but before he went down did you know he was averaging more points than Durant? Both players were flirting with 27 ppg this season, while Curry is averaging more assists and shooting a better percentage from three. Durant is a better player than Curry but no other superstar in the league has the luxury of having a Steph Curry. LeBron, Harden,and Kawhi do not have a teammate averaging over 21 ppg, let alone 27. Durant simply has too much help to be considered the league’s best player.