For three seasons, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were the best duo in the NBA on the Golden State Warriors. The two superstars wreaked havoc on the league in various ways and made the Warriors must-see television every night.
Throughout the course of NBA history, we have seen numerous alpha dogs butt heads since there is only one ball in basketball, and every star wants to be the man on their team. However, from 2016 to 2019, Curry and Durant never had beef with each other, and it’s one of the main reasons why the Warriors had so much success.
Kevin Durant, who is now on the Brooklyn Nets, will begin the 2020-21 regular season against Stephen Curry and the Warriors at the Barclays Center. However, just because Durant and Curry are opponents again doesn’t mean their relationship has changed since their time on the Warriors.
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant won two championships together
Kevin Durant appeared in 208 regular-season games with the Warriors and was a monster on both ends of the floor. The former MVP finished his Golden State career with averages of 25.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 5.4 assists.
Stephen Curry, who could go down as the best player in Warriors franchise history when it’s all said and done, put up 26.3 points, 4.9 boards, and 6.0 assists from 2016 to 2019 while Durant was in Golden State. The Warriors went to three straight NBA Finals with Curry and Durant leading the way. Golden State won the 2017 and 2018 Finals over the Cleveland Cavaliers, with Durant winning Finals MVP both times.
NBA pundits projected Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant to have beef on the Warriors since both players are used to being the No. 1 guy on offense. However, the two All-Stars never had issues with each other and had tremendous chemistry on and off the floor.
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant could have won three straight titles on the Warriors
In Game 5 of the 2019 Western Conference Semifinals against the Houston Rockets, Kevin Durant suffered a strained right calf. He missed the Warriors’ next nine games but returned for Game 5 of the 2019 Finals versus the Toronto Raptors.
Durant played 11 minutes in Game 5 against the Raptors before tearing his right Achilles. KD scored 11 points prior to getting hurt. It was a tough scene to watch Durant tear his Achilles since the former No. 2 overall pick is one of the greatest players in NBA history.
Stephen Curry supported Durant to the locker room by walking behind KD and rubbing his shoulders. The Baby-Faced Assassin always did everything he could to make Durant feel comfortable on the Warriors.
Many around the NBA believe the Warriors would have defeated the Raptors had Durant not gotten hurt. Even though Toronto was really good with Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, and Pascal Siakam leading the charge, the Warriors played on another level when Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson were firing on all cylinders.
Steph reveals why he and KD meshed so well on the Warriors
During their time together on the Warriors, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were an unstoppable duo. It was entertaining to watch since both players could shoot the ball from anywhere on the court and struck fear into their opponents.
NBA fans were always curious to know how Curry and Durant were able to co-exist on the Warriors in a sport where numerous stars have developed bad rapports with other high-level teammates due to both guys wanting to be in the spotlight. Curry says one of the reasons he and KD were great together is because both guys fed off each other and wanted to be special every day.
“You’d always kind of find yourself in awe of stuff that he could do on the floor,” Curry said of Durant, via Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area. “And I know he’s commented about [the same feeling] with me. That was a big part of our success, was kind of feeding off each other and that energy and that pursuit of greatness every day. When you see it up close and personal, you have no choice but to kind of meet that level every day. The great ones bring the best out of you, and hopefully I did that for him, in terms of pushing each other. You’re always kind of competing against other teams. But you’re kind of competing against yourselves in practice when you’re doing shooting drills and I’m watching him work out with Q and he’s watching me. All those three years, there’s a lot of that kind of chemistry and camaraderie on the court.”
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant will forever be linked since they won two championships together. The two future Hall of Famers may be rivals now, but their bond will always be strong.
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