A member of the Chicago Bulls dynasty, Toni Kukoc, took part in a Q & A with the fans on NBA subreddit. Among questions as he was asked was about Kukoc’s favorite playmaker in the league today. In his answer the three-time NBA champion expanded a little more and said that, in his opinion, Kevin Durant is the best player in the league.
“Basketball doesn’t require a playmaker anymore, somebody that you always look for that has to bring the ball up the floor. In this era, there’s so many players with multiple skills, that it’s almost a waste of time to look for the playmaker when someone can push the ball and get into the offense.
“Plenty of times LeBron is mistaken as a point guard, which is awesome. Kevin Durant, to me in my personal opinion, is the best player in the NBA. He can easily bring the ball up the floor. That’s a style that the triangle offense allowed that any one of us could run the point or be a post person or fill the corners. It’s not requirement to have a point guard, you can have skill players with 3 or 4 guys on the same team playing multiple positions.”
Durant, currently with the Brooklyn Nets, won two championships with the Golden State Warriors in 2017 and 2018, becoming NBA Finals MVP on both occasions. In 2014 he was voted MVP of the league.
The 31-year-old forward is averaging 27 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game during his career so far.