DAR Sports: The 5 Greatest Kevin Durant Seasons

By @TrueGodImmortal

Currently, the discussion of recent has been about Kevin Durant and his ability as a player. The reigning NBA Champion and Finals MVP has maintained a level of greatness that not many have been able to keep up over the years. We've discussed his consistency as a player numerous times on the site, but today, I wanted to take these things a step farther and rank his seasons overall. These are the top 5 seasons in his now 11 year career, ranking them on a basis of accolades, stats, and efficiency. What's no. 1? Read on and find out.

5. 2015-2016
(28.2 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 5.0 APG, 1.2 BPG, 51% FG, 39% 3PT, 90% FT, All-Star)

-The beginning of the evolution of KD as a two way player. While he was always a solid offensive player and quite possibly the best offensive player in the game, this was the beginning of him as a pretty good defensive player as well. His defense was pivotal through the 55-27 season for the Thunder and showcased KD for the star that he was. Overall, this season was really slept on in his career, known more for the 3-1 lead being blown than anything. KD would end up with multiple 40 point games this season, including a 40 point and 14 rebound might against the Warriors, a 44 point performance against the Knicks, and a 43 point night against the Orlando Magic. Despite giving up the 3-1 lead to the Warriors in the Conference Finals, the Thunder managed to only be one game away from the NBA Finals and KD was the biggest reason for that. Overall, his performance this season was outstanding, it just didn't end in a NBA title.

4. 2012-2013
(28.1 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.4 SPG, 1.3 BPG, 51% FG, 42% 3PT, 91% FT, All-Star, All-NBA)

-To join the 50/40/90 club is a big accomplishment in the NBA and this was the year that Durant would join that illustrious club. The Thunder seemed to be ready for what was to come. They were playing their best basketball together, and at the time, it seemed like Durant was ready to ascend to the next level. Offensively, Durant was essentially in his prime and would lead the Thunder to the no. 1 record in the Western Conference and the top seed. Durant showed flashes of his defensive prowess this season too, but the biggest accomplishment remains the 50/40/90 club. However, the only reason this isn't rated a bit higher is because of the unfortunate 2nd round exit that the Warriors had against the Grizzlies, but in all honesty, Durant played his ass off that series. Still, the loss so early in the season does put a slight damper on the entire season, which is why it didn't make the top 3.

3. 2017-2018
(25.6 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 5.3 APG, 2.1 BPG, 52% FG, 40% 3PT, 87% FT)

-So far, this is the most impressive two way season that Durant has had. He's playing great defense and once again, he's been extremely efficient. As long as he stays healthy, this should be a definite All-NBA year for him once again. He's close to that elusive 50/40/90 club once again, and since Steph Curry went down with a minor ankle injury, it's a huge possibility he can reach that. The thing is, the Warriors have been coasting this season, being careless a bit as they attempt to work towards a 4th Finals appearance and possible third championship. The Warriors in lazy form are beatable, but the Warriors with the MVP versions of Steph and KD are unstoppable. This season, we've seen a subdued Durant mostly, taking a backseat to Steph in the offense, but he's definitely stepped up on the defensive side. Right now, KD is the best two way player in the game. The way he protects the rim, blocks shots and stays with every matchup is what got this short season so far in the top 3. The move to Golden State has unleashed the best of Durant, and after his two monster performances against the Hornets and the Pistons on the road to close out a tough 6 game road trip, we are seeing glimpses of Durant at his very best. If he keeps up that pace from now to the end of the season once Steph is back in a week or two, this could end up being the most efficient season for KD, and another addition in the rare 50/40/90 club. This season is in the top 3 mostly for the potential, but also because KD is proving he is the best two way player in the game.

2. 2016-2017
(25.1 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 4.9 APG, 1.1 SPG, 1.6 BPG, 54% FG, 38% 3PT, 88% FT, All-Star, All-NBA, NBA Champion, Finals MVP)

-This was almost no. 1. Almost. What made the difference here is that Durant missed about 16 games during a stretch in the regular season. Without that injury, this would be the best season for him. Overall, it is, as he finished the goal and task he set for to win the NBA Championship and he was named Finals MVP. The Warriors went 67-15, with Durant being a huge player in that success in the regular season despite some small adjustments for the team. Durant took a bump in his scoring average, but otherwise, his success this season was an improvement all across the board and hopefully we get to see more of KD in this role as the seasons progress. Still, it's hard to argue against a season that ends with the no. 1 record in the West, a NBA Championship and a Finals MVP.

1. 2013-2014
(32.0 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 5.5 APG, 50% FG, 39% 3PT, 88% FT, MVP, All-Star, All-NBA, Scoring Champion)

-It was tough to put this season above the previous year. Any year that doesn't end in a championship is hard to argue as the best, but this was the best individual season of his career. Nearly making the 50/40/90 club, KD was magnificent this season, flawlessly executing with every chance. His most impressive game this season might have been the 54 point performance against, you guessed it, the Warriors. He led the Thunder to a 59-23 record, which was good enough for the 2nd seed in the West and he did so without Russell Westbrook by his side for an extended period of time. The facts remain, KD was at the top of his game in 2013-2014, and though he came up just a little short of the NBA Finals, this is still his greatest individual season. So far.



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