Kevin Durant says he won’t win individual accolades due to pure hate
Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant says he will continue to be overlooked of awards because of “pure hate” and “no appreciation for real skill.”
Two-time champion Kevin Durant says he expects to be snubbed of regular season awards because of “pure hate”. Last season, Durant was a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year before he lost to Utah’s Rudy Gobert. Also, with Durant being the best player on the best team, he still failed to be top-5 in MVP voting last season.
With the Oklahoma City Thunder, Durant wasn’t nearly the complete player he is now. However, as a member of the Thunder, Durant won the NBA MVP award in 2014.
Durant’s move to Golden State in 2016 garnered a lot of hate, which still follows him till this day. Durant joined a Warriors team that was already the best team in the NBA. The Warriors won the title in 2015 and then set a single-season record with 73 wins in 2016. Not to mention, Durant’s Thunder had a 3-1 lead on the Warriors in the 2016 Western Conference Finals before Golden State won three straight to reach the Finals.
Durant’s decision to join the Warriors instead of dethroning them is something not many people can look past, including some NBA award voters.