Brooklyn Nets guard spencer dinwiddie already has championships on his radar with the additions of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to their team. It goes without saying that Dinwiddie is excited to have Durant, a two-time Finals MVP, debut for Brooklyn at some point in the future.
While Durant is recovering from a serious Achilles injury, Dinwiddie still believes the new Net is the best player in the world:
“He asked if I think the Brooklyn Nets will win a championship. Now, listen here: I don’t make guarantees. But of course I do. … KD is the best player in the league, right?” Dinwiddie said, per Brian Lewis of the New York Post.
“We’ve obviously added a ton more talent across the board. We’re a more talented team. But if we don’t come together then it doesn’t matter. That’s our job as a unit. And if we do, then yeah, of course, you want to contend for a title. You don’t put together a roster like this and not want to do that. We just signed the best player in the world.”
Regardless if he’s biased or not, Dinwiddie has a case here. Before he went down with a calf strain in Round 2 of the playoffs and eventually with the Achilles tear in the NBA Finals, Durant was playing out of his mind for his former team, the Golden State Warriors.
Durant had an insane stretch of basketball through the two opening rounds of last year’s postseason. In 11 games before going down in the Houston series, KD averaged 34.2 points while shooting 51.3 percent from the field, 41.6 percent from 3, and 90.1 percent from the free-throw line.
Even when he valiantly returned in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, in the hopes of saving Golden State’s season, Durant looked poised to continue his run of incredible basketball. He scored 11 points in 11 minutes before finally succumbing to the injury gods.
It’s a shame that Durant’s magnificent postseason was cut short with his unfortunate injury. Had he been able to play through the playoffs unscathed, it’s highly possible the Warriors would have won their three-peat, and Kevin Durant could have cemented himself as the best player in the world.