One of the most elite clubs in NBA history was the “50 Greatest Ever” list that came out in 1996.
That was almost 20 years ago now and whenever they do another list like that, it will include many new players.
Kevin Durant wants to be on that list.
“I want to be the greatest,” Durant said. “I want to be remembered as one of the greatest. When they redo that top 50 players (of all time), I want to be a part of that.”
The question is, will Durant be a lock for that now or does he still have a lot left to prove?
It’s easy to imagine Durant as one of the 50 greatest players ever when thinking about his potential and how his career will likely progress.
Durant will more than likely win some MVP awards, championships, set more records, etc.
There’s a more depressing outlook that would depict the Thunder’s future as one whose championship window has closed. That Durant will always finish second to LeBron. That he will leave OKC to chase titles.
It’s hard to tell what the future will be for Durant, but you have to bet it will be bright, barring any kind of catastrophic injury.
Last year, Durant had one of the 10 best seasons ever in NBA history. A few more like that and he will be a shoo-in for top 50 ever.
I think that top 50 is a guarantee for Durant. He has potential to one day be top 10 ever, and I think top 25 is a pretty easy bet as well.