If anyone knows the Golden State Warriors, it’s Kyrie Irving.
The Boston Celtics guard squared off against the Warriors three times in the NBA Finals during his days with the Cleveland Cavaliers, with Golden State prevailing twice (in 2015 and 2017) and Cleveland once (in 2016).
In the 2017 Finals, Irving and his Cavaliers teammates faced a Golden State team that had added Kevin Durant to a 73-9 team that lost in seven games in the Finals to the Cavaliers in 2016.
The subject as to who the best player on the talent-rich Warriors, who feature four All-Stars in Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, is one for debate.
For Irving, though, there is no debate.
“Kevin Durant has a presence about him that’s really unassuming, but he dominates game,” Irving said on The Bill Simmons Podcast, via HoopsHype. “… Yes, he’s on an incredible team, but he’s also the best player on that team.”
Before Durant arrived onto the scene, Curry had won a pair of NBA Most Valuable Player awards, the second coming on a unanimous vote.
Durant has won the NBA Finals MVP award the last two seasons.