Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, Dec. 31, 2018. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Kevin Durant shocked the NBA when he chose to leave Oklahoma City Thunder and join the Golden State Warriors. Despite it being over three years since his move, he still receives criticism for his actions. The main thing being his decision to join a winning team rather than lead a team of his own.

The Warriors are and will always be Curry’s team owing to the point guard having been drafted by them and growing up to be the undisputed leader of the team that has gone onto dominate the NBA in recent seasons – the Bay Area team have won three championships in the last four years and could make it three straight in 2019.

Durant, however, has not been a passenger and more than held his own as the Warriors won back-to-back NBA championships since his arrival. He has played a key role in their triumph and it is proven by him being named the NBA Finals MVP in 2017 and 2018.

The small forward has established himself as one of the best scorer’s in the league and is considered among the top five in the league at the moment. Despite his achievements, Durant still does not feature during discussions about the greatest of all time (GOAT) – his legacy has still not been cemented.

LeBron James, who has three titles with two different franchises – Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers – is considered heir apparent to Michael Jordan, who is widely considered the greatest of all time. Many, however, already put James on par or above the Chicago Bulls legend.

Durant will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and he has been urged by many to leave the Warriors and go create his legacy by leading another franchise to the NBA title. The Lakers want to unite him with James, but he has been urged to join a team where he will be the undisputed leader.

And Clyde Frazier believes Durant should join the New York Knicks when he becomes a free agent as he is certain that if he brings a title to the Big Apple, he will enter the GOAT debate alongside James and Jordan.

Frazier, a Knicks legend, was instrumental during both his former franchise’s championship runs in 1970 and 1973 and he believes Durant will cement his legacy should he bring them their third championship. And moreover, the New York franchise are big admirers of the Warriors forward and are said to have made major strides in convincing him to move to the Eastern Conference when he enters free agency this summer.

“I think that’s what he needs. Especially if the Warriors win this year, I think he’d be looking for a different challenge,” Frazier told the New York Daily News recently. “I don’t know a better place than New York where he can do it.”

“Where else could he go to get what he’s looking for, to be the best in the game? If he could bring a title to New York, that’s going to catapult him with Jordan and LeBron, I would think,” he added.