No. 3: Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant has a similar resume to Chris Paul, in that he has been a longtime rival of the Warriors who also passed through town. The difference, at least thus far, is that while Durant was on the team he was one of the very best players in the league and brought home some serious hardware.
Durant was drafted No. 2 overall in the 2007 NBA Draft and seen as one of the best prospects to enter the league in quite some time. He didn’t disappoint, either, winning Rookie of the Year for the Seattle SuperSonics and leading the league in scoring by his third season…and also in his fourth, fifth and seventh seasons. Seattle moved to Oklahoma City and Durant was the driving force behind a Thunder team that made the NBA Finals in 2012, and pushed the Warriors to the brink in 2016.
Durant hit free agency the following summer and he decided to chase a new challenge, joining the Warriors and pairing with Stephen Curry to form the greatest 1-2 punch in the league. The Warriors made three straight NBA Finals, winning the first two and only losing the second when Durant and Klay Thompson went down with season-ending injuries. Durant won Finals MVP in both 2017 and 2018.
Durant has continued to move around the league and carve out his legacy, playing 2.5 seasons with the Brooklyn Nets and starting his first full season with the Phoenix Suns this year. The 35-year-old forward has been named to 13 All-Star games (making his first team in his third season and every year since except for the one he missed due to injury) and 10 All-NBA teams. He is a two-time All-Star MVP, two-time Finals MVP, and was the league MVP in 2013-14.
Durant is up to 14th on the career scoring list and could get as high as 11th this season, potentially even cracking the Top 5 if he stays healthy the rest of his career. He finished second in MVP voting another three times, giving him four-total Top-2 finishes. He’s one of the greatest scorers in NBA history and has managed to find his way to the team success he desired as well.