Kevin Durant was cruelly ridiculed by Giannis Antetokounmpo for joining superteams to increase his chances of winning a championship. After a disastrous run with the Brooklyn Nets, the latter just joined the Phoenix Suns.
During his career, Giannis Antetokounmpo remained with the Milwaukee Bucks, helping to elevate them to perennial powerhouse status. When they defeated Kevin Durant’s new club, the Phoenix Suns, 4-2 in the finals, he assisted them in capturing the title in 2021.
When Durant joined the Warriors in 2016, Antetokounmpo regularly bet the farm on him abandoning ship. On The Daily Show, he said, “You keep joining superteams to win an NBA title. How about we work out together sometime so I can teach you how to carry your own team.”
Durant won two titles and the MVP prize for the finals on both occasions. There is an asterisk next to their victories, though. When KD joined Golden State Warriors, they were already the hot favorites and coming off a 72-9 season.
With Kyrie Irving as his teammate, Kevin Durant joined the Brooklyn Nets and established a super team. Durant made a comeback the next year after being injured and missed the first season as a Net. With the addition of James Harden to Brooklyn, fans and detractors once more questioned KD’s capacity to triumph without a super team.
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A finals matchup between Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant is possible
Over the past three seasons, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant have competed in the same conference. In their only postseason encounter, the former prevailed after helping the Bucks defeat the Nets 4-3 in a best-of-seven series.
The situation in Brooklyn didn’t work out for a variety of reasons, causing Durant to ask for a trade before the deadline and join the Phoenix Suns, another strong contender with a star-studded roster.
After the trade deadline, Durant joined the Suns in the Western Conference. He might now meet Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks on the biggest stage. The two teams are among the favorites to win their respective conferences. There is a good likelihood that they will face off in a seven-game series in June of this year.
The Phoenix Suns are currently fourth in the Western Conference with a 33-29 record, while the Milwaukee Bucks have the best record in the league at 43-17. Kevin Durant has yet to make his professional debut as he works his way back from an MCL injury he sustained in January.
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