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Nets’ Kevin Durant believes Rockets’ PJ Tucker is toughest 1-on-1 defender in the NBA

Kevin Durant has never been one to shy away from the back-and-forth of the Twittersphere. And given that he has nothing to do other than continuing rehab from a ruptured Achilles tendon, why not give some of the fans his two cents on social media?

What started as a funny interjection on Thursday afternoon turned into praise for Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker.

After Durant inserted himself into a conversation that appeared to be about Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, a fan asked Durant who he thought was the best 1-on-1 defender in basketball. Durant’s initial response was more on the humorous side.

However, Durant responded once again by suggesting that it is harder to size up a guy like Tucker, and that he has to use his length and size to get to the rim when the two match up.

Of course, the fact that Durant singled out Tucker as the hardest individual defender to face makes his numbers against them that much more impressive.

Durant torched the Rockets during the Western Conference semifinals, dropping at least 34 points in four of the five games that he appeared in while hanging 46 on Houston in Game 3. Durant also averaged over 30 points per game during the 2018 Western Conference Finals against the Rockets, though Tucker and the Rockets held him below 40 percent shooting from the field three times.

Tucker has played the role of “grinder” for the Rockets, an undersized four that scraps for rebounds and can step out and shoot the three. He has always garnered a level of respect from his peers for his style of play, but Kevin Durant has officially put the world on notice with respect to the true extent of his defensive prowess.