Kevin Durant names his top 5 players in the NBA, snubs Stephen Curry again
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant was asked to name his top five players in the NBA during a visit to ESPN’s “First Take.” While the injured star didn’t technically commit to naming his top five, he did say the top five players he enjoys watching, starting with teammate Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, James Harden, Joel Embiid, and Damian Lillard:
— First Take (@FirstTake) October 31, 2019
This is the second time in the span of a month in which Durant has left former Golden State Warriors teammate Stephen Curry out of the mix, despite spending the last three seasons playing by his side.
In a recent interview with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles on the Knuckleheads podcast, he also left Curry off a list of his all-time team of current and former teammates, listing Irving, Harden, Draymond Green, Serge Ibaka, and himself as the starting five.
The 2014 NBA MVP has been doing plenty of appearances in the last few weeks, now that he has been unofficially ruled out for the season by the Nets, who want to play it careful with his health.
Durant named three point guards in Irving, James, and Lillard, all while failing to mention the teammate who helped him to his only two NBA rings. That in itself is rather odd, considering they never had any beef with each other with the Warriors.
For what it’s worth, Kevin Durant also left Russell Westbrook off both of his lists, so perhaps it’s just giving Kyrie the ultimate vote of confidence, now that they’ve signed a four-year pact to build something new with the Nets.