Despite struggling with injuries the past season, Kevin Durant is confident saying that he is still “the best player in the world.” The Oklahoma City Thunder franchise player and superstar believes that they have a legit shot at the NBA title in the upcoming season, and likes their identity as underdogs entering the new season.
"I think we have a really good team. We have to come together and play as one, and that's harder than people realize. But we're ready to take on the challenge. We're under the radar, exactly where we want to be, and looking forward to having a good season,” Durant was quoted by Yahoo Sports as saying. “And yes, I'm still the best player in the world."
The 26-year-old Durant’s claim is backed by stats when he was healthy. In his entire NBA career, he has averages of 27.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocked shots per game. He played in just 27 games last year because of a foot injury.
After surgeries to the foot, Durant is cleared to rejoin the Thunder in time for the training camp in late September.
“I knew it was over after this: No more fracture, no more irritation in my foot," Durant told The Bleacher Report in early August about the surgery. "Everything was perfect in the third one,"
The Thunder have been relatively silent in the 2015 offsason and will enter the season with a new coach in Billy Donovan, who replaced long-time Scott Brooks, who was with the team from 2008 to 2015.
Oklahoma City re-signed center Enes Kanter to a four-year $70 million deal matching the offer sheet made by the Portland Trail Blazers. They also re-signed shooter Kyle Singler for $19.35 million over four years and signed rookie Cameron Payne, the 14th overall pick in the recent NBA draft.
The Thunder will be bringing the same core from last season with players like star point guard Russell Westbrook, center Serge Ibaka, shooting guard Dion Waiters and promising big man Steve Adams.