Kevin Durant hit a low point last year after his 2013-2014 MVP season, when he suffered a broken right foot and was forced to miss 55 games. As a result, his Oklahoma City Thunder missed the playoffs, and Stephen Curry took over his MVP crown.
Through the injuries, procedures, and rehab, Durant felt a need to remind himself of who he once was, and took a page from the Kanye West playbook to help him pull through.
“I just told myself everyday that, ‘I’m the best player in the world,’” Durant told the Associated Press. "‘I’m the best player in the world,’ I wrote that on my wall. I wrote that on my mirror in the bathroom, just because it’s easy to say when you’re on top of the world, but it’s kind of hard to say it when everybody’s dogging you.”
Durant went on to state that he was determined to prove the doubters wrong, and come back better, stronger, and faster than he had been before his injury.
So far, it looks like its working. Durant ranks third in the NBA with 27.8 points per game. He is also posting 7.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists while shooting just over 50% from the field, and while these are not quite the numbers he posted when he won the MVP, it is clear that KD is back on his game.
His resurgence comes at a great time for KD, as he is due to be a free agent following this season. Rumors have swirled that the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors are possibly interested in the former MVP. This addition would make Golden State nearly unbeatable, as the team is already flirting with a historically astounding winning percentage.
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