When Kevin Durant joined the Phoenix Suns, it looked like the Suns were going to be one of the best teams in the West for years to come. They are loaded with talent as they also have Devin Booker on the squad as the other star to go with Durant. Unfortunately for Phoenix, things just haven't panned out since Durant arrived. The Suns finished with a 49-33 record this season which was good for sixth place in the West. It wasn't bad, but they lost in the first round of the playoffs.

It's hard to pinpoint what the problem is for the Suns. They have the talent, but they haven't been able to put everything together to generate success. We have seen this before with Kevin Durant. He was on a loaded Brooklyn Nets team that couldn't win big either.

Kevin Garnett touched on the situation during a recent episode of KG Certified, and he believes that we are seeing a new era in the NBA. He is seeing teams build from the ground up with young talent, and he believes that that is the recipe of success. The era of landing one or two super stars and being elite is over.

“We are like in the 80’s, we’re going to look up and see 4 mother f**kers that could’ve been the head of a team,” Kevin Garnett said. “You’re going to look up and if you don’t have 3 or 4 mother f**kers, like look at how OKC, Rockets, look at how all the young teams are built. They’re built like nine deep, and they’re all young. Bro, if you ain’t got that you ain’t built for the future. Ain’t no more getting K.D. now you can get to the … ain’t no more of that, that’s dead.”

Garnett could be right. We are seeing more and more instances of this method not working in the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers are another good example. Times could be changing in the NBA.

Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots over Minnesota Timberwolves center Naz Reid (11) during the second half of game four of the first round for the 2024 NBA playoffs at Footprint Center.
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Kevin Garnett could see a lighter NBA schedule in the future

Another aspect of the game that Kevin Garnett touched on is how many minutes some of these players are getting. A lot of guys are playing a ton, and in an 82-game season, that takes a toll on the bodies of the players. Garnett wouldn't be surprised if the season gets shortened.

“Hey listen, and the coaches, the coaches that got that style and want to play their players 90 thousand minutes, that’s starting to alleviate,” Garnett said. “Players aren’t feeling that s—t. And I wouldn’t be surprised if in the next couple of years, they drop that s—t to 65 games, I’m telling you. The pay is too great.”

Things are always changing in the NBA, and these two things that Garnett mentioned could be a prime example of how the game could be changing right now. Getting Kevin Durant on your team is still going to help you, but he and one other star aren't going to be able to do everything on their own. Garnett thinks that the key to success is building from the ground up and loading up on young talent.