Kevin Durant’s leadership skills have often been questioned over the years. His inability to lead a team to an NBA championship made many doubt the Brooklyn Nets forward’s abilities. Colin Cowherd described the 12-time All-Star as a supporting actor, not a lead actor. He said while he could build a team around LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant or Giannis Antetokounmpo, that was not the case with KD. He compared Durant to Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and James Harden, saying a foundation cannot be built around them.
However, Cowherd named KD the best offensive player in the group. He said the four-time scoring champion was the only player in the league who could beat Michael Jordan in a one-on-one game.
“KD is more Marlon Brando than Tom Cruise,” Herd said. “I think LeBron, Wade, Kobe, Giannis, those are players I’m going to build around. They’re committed. They’re unwavering. They don’t wander. They uplift others. They just have the right personality for that. And I think KD is closer to Kawhi or Kyrie or James Harden.
“You see them as the movie star, but what they are, they are great supporting actors. You can’t build a foundation around them. Of all these players, KD is by far the most gifted offensively. And I’ve said it before, I think he’s the only guy in league history who would have beaten Michael Jordan in a one-on-one game.
“I think he’s a great player, but he’s different. He’s more Brando than Cruise. He’s more Kawhi than LeBron. That’s why I think Boston functions like the Warriors.”
Colin Cowherd thinks Kevin Durant’s alleged move to the Boston Celtics is working
During Kevin Durant’s private meeting with Joe Tsai, he reportedly gave the Brooklyn Nets owner an ultimatum on Monday. He asked that the franchise decide between him or coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks.
With Tsai publicly declaring that he will stick with his front office, KD could be on the verge of leaving the Nets. Reports suggest the forward has his sights set on the Boston Celtics. The Celtics seem interested in the double champion, Durant could he unite with Jayson Tatum?
Cowherd thinks KD’s move to the Celtics would work and returning Jaylen Brown alongside a top bench player and two draft picks is a worthwhile trade. Cowherd said that while Durant could affect the team’s chemistry and its future, the deal isn’t a bad idea.
“You can bring in Kevin Durant,” Cowherd said. “He’s going to hurt your chemistry a bit. He might need some maintenance. You’ll have to give up part of your bench and part of your future to do that, but I don’t think that’s a bad idea.
“The Celtics coach coached KD. KD always gives you a big push defensively. … KD always pays the defense at a very high level. We saw that Jayson Tatum was not a reliable finisher in the big games. So you get a great all-time finisher. I think it makes sense to bring in KD for a Jaylen Brown, a top bench player, and two draft picks.