Kevin Durant Dissects Phoenix Suns' NBA Championship Chances

Kevin Durant Dissects Phoenix Suns' NBA Championship Chances

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:26 PM
  • Kevin Durant has spoken for the first time since joining the Phoenix Suns
  • The 34-year-old said the team has a good chance of winning the NBA title
  • Durant led the Golden State Warriors to two NBA victories in 2017 and 2018

Kevin Durant finally broke his silence, after completing a move to the Phoenix Suns in a blockbuster trade just before last Thursday's trade deadline (February 9).

The 34-year-old spoke to the media, covering different topics including if his trade makes the Suns an NBA title contender.

Kevin Durant, Phoenix Suns, NBA, Brooklyn Nets, Chris Paul, Devin Booker
Kevin Durant will make his debut after the All-Star break. Photos by Chris Coduto and Barry Gossage/NBAE.
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The 2014 MVP was traded to Phoenix for Mikal Bridges, Cameron Johnson and Jae Crowder, unprotected first-round picks in 2023, 2025, 2027 and 2029, and a 2028 first-round pick swap.

Many expected the Nets to win it all or even get to the NBA Finals, but that wasn't to be. His partnership with James Harden and Kyrie Irving was underwhelming and the farthest they reached was the semis of the Eastern Conference.

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Durant on Suns' title chances

Durant has already tasted championship glory before. He and the Golden State Warriors went to the finals in 2017, 2018, and 2019. They won on the first two trips but lost to the Toronto Raptors in 2019. Durant ruptured his Achilles against the Canadian team.

However, he said the Suns have what it takes to win the title this term.

"I think we got all the pieces to be successful. We got guys that have experienced what it's like to play in that final round. We got a champion already that's overseeing us. Monty's a champion as a coach. So we got guys that been there, and that's half the battle, just knowing what it takes," via ESPN.

Devin Booker and Chris Paul took the Suns to the 2021 NBA Finals but were stunned by Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in six games.

Last season, they suffered one of the most embarrassing collapses in NBA playoff history. Game 7 of last year's Western Conference semis against the Dallas Mavericks was over before it began, per SI.

The top-seeded Suns with a 123-90 to a Luka Doncic-led team. They were down 57-27 at half-time.

Devin Booker on Kevin Durant

Sports Brief earlier reported on Devin Booker reacting to the Suns trading for US teammate, Durant. They were on the team that won gold in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Booker is still stunned that the two-time champion will be his teammate and they are now expected to go all the way to the association's finals this year.

"You can't put it into words. It's something you've got to be around. It's a feeling when you're around greatness. When you're around one of the best to ever do it. It's a different look. It's a different feel."
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Edwin Kiplagat
Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.