Kevin Durant has accomplished more than enough in just eight NBA seasons to warrant consideration as one of the greatest to ever play the game. Sure, he has not yet won an NBA Championship, but with an NBA MVP Award, five First-Team All-NBA selections and four scoring titles, Durant’s accomplishments through his age-27 season are not far off from Michael Jordan’s at the same stage.
Despite the fact that the Thunder superstar is undeniably one of the best players in the league and is a threat to win the MVP in any given season, Durant holds a reputation as one of the league’s most humble and likable players. He further cemented that reputation while giving an emotional speech after accepting the 2014 NBA MVP Award, choking back tears to thank his mother for all of her sacrifices over the years while also taking time to note the vital contributions of his Thunder teammates and coaches.
Even though Durant remains one of the most well-liked players in the NBA today, he is not without his detractors and has succeeded in drawing the ire of a fair amount of opponents and teammates alike. Durant has even had a few recent run-ins with members of the media, going so far as to tell a group of reporters at the 2015 NBA All-Star Game that they “really don’t know s---,” representing a sharp departure from the polite and humble persona he had cultivated.
While his status as one of the most likable players in the league remains largely intact, Durant has still done enough over the years to earn the enmity of opponents, teammates, media members and even a rapper who may or may not have cursed the six-time NBA All-Star. The following 15 people appear on this list because they have either expressed or intimated a certain degree of dislike for Kevin Durant. At the very least, each one has good reason for disliking the player who will likely be in the conversation for best in the NBA for several years to come.
15 15. Damian Lillard
When Kevin Durant’s selection as a 2015 NBA All-Star drew some criticism, most observers noted that it was Lillard who should have made the team instead. When asked about the snub, Lillard admitted to feeling slighted, saying, “I feel really disrespected,” before adding, “I’m definitely going to take it personal. I said I’d be pissed off about it, and I am.”
14 14. Tony Allen
13 13. Kenneth Faried
12 12. LeBron James
11 11. Chris Paul
10 10. Kawhi Leonard
9 9. Steven Adams
8 8. Dwight Howard
7 7. Chris Palmer
@ChrisPalmerNBA means a lot coming from a dude who got fired for being a dumbass— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) February 3, 2015
6 6. LaMarcus Aldridge
5 5. Reggie Jackson
When Reggie Jackson was finally traded away from Oklahoma City Thunder, he reacted by saying he was “crying tears of joy.” Durant, on the other hand, said Jackson “got what he wanted,” while also noting "everybody wanted to be here except for one guy.” Russell Westbrook chimed in before the trade was ever consummated, saying the team’s chances for winning a championship did not hinge on Jackson’s presence in OKC.
4 4. Dwyane Wade
3 3. Stephen A. Smith
After reporting that Durant was contemplating leaving OKC for Los Angeles after his contract runs out, Stephen A. Smith received harsh criticism from Durant, who rebuffed Smith’s claim by saying, “I don’t talk to Stephen A Smith at all. Nobody in my family, my friends, they don’t talk to Stephen A Smith. So he’s lying.”
2 2. Lil B
The fact that Lil B recorded and released a song titled “F--- Kevin Durant” should be more than enough to demonstrate the animosity the rapper feels for Durant, but the feud between the two is so odd that it deserves further explanation. After Durant insulted Lil B by tweeting he couldn’t understand why the rapper was relevant, Lil B placed the “Based God” curse on Durant and the Thunder, one which has been removed and applied on multiple occasions since 2011, with Lil B also challenging Durant to a game of one-on-one over and over again.
1 1. Fans of the 2016-17 Oklahoma City Thunder
Durant is a free agent at the end of the 2015-16 NBA season and speculation has run rampant for years that he might bolt OKC for any number of intriguing destinations. It’s no guarantee that he will leave the Thunder, but some of Durant’s statements regarding the free-agent decisions of LeBron James and LaMarcus Aldridge seem to suggest he could be open to a move.
Responding to news of Aldridge’s departure, Durant said the following:
“In those decisions, man, you've just got to respect the guy for making a decision that was right for him. I know a lot of fans were probably upset in Portland with the decision. But at this point of your life and your career, you've got to focus on you. I said this last year when Mr. James made his decision, it was pretty cool to see a guy do what he wants to do and not worry about what everybody thinks."
A fan favorite throughout his eight-year NBA career, if KD leaves the Thunder in free agency he could become as reviled in OKC as LeBron once was in Cleveland after he announced his departure for Miami. No matter how much goodwill he has built up over the years, fans of the Thunder will have a hard time forgiving Durant even if he has plenty of good reasons for leaving.
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