Kevin Durant Says He's the 'Best Player in the World'

Kevin Durant Says He's the 'Best Player in the World'

Former NBA MVP sounds ready to prove it with 2015-16 season.

Published August 13, 2015

LeBron James might want to listen to this.

King James is widely regarded as the best basketball player in the world. But speaking to reporters at USA Basketball minicamp in Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon, Kevin Durant said that distinction belongs to him.

KD, the NBA's 2014 MVP, has good reason to feel confident. He's back to feeling 100 percent following his third foot surgery in one year, the last of which ended his 2014-15 season after only 27 games played.

That and he's heading into his contract year in what will inevitably be the summer of Durant, with teams vying for his services via free agency — meaning he has that much more to play for this coming season.

Durant was averaging 25.4 points per game before having surgery in late March. In his absence, Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook won the NBA's scoring title, ending the regular season with an average of 28.1 points per game, but the team fell short of making the playoffs in the Western Conference.

Durant's declaration marks another bold statement to come from a Thunder player, with Westbrook already predicting that the team will make the NBA Finals next June.

"I like where we are at as a team right now," Westbrook told USA Today Sports. "Kevin is looking good. We're feeling good. Back to normal...I feel like we've got the best team in the NBA at this point. I think with the group of guys that we have, and the positions that we have, I think we have a good chance to win the NBA championship."

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

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