The NBA’s reigning MVP, Kevin Durant, can’t understand why media and fans would dare wonder if he lacks in the killer instinct department .

Durant says he has plenty of it—the 26 year-old tied for the league-lead in game-winning shots last season (three) and led the L in fourth-quarter scoring (averaging 7.9 points)—and argues that he wouldn’t arguably be the best player on the planet if this wasn’t the case.

Per USA Today:

“It offends me sometimes,” Durant says about the criticism, “because I’m like, ‘Man, I put in this work. God …’”


“What I heard was that people would talk about me and say that I don’t have that killer dog in me, like a Kobe (Bryant) or — who else? — like Mike (Jordan), and those guys have,” he continues. “But I’m like, ‘I wouldn’t be able to survive this long in this league doing the stuff that I do at an elite level (if he didn’t have it). I wouldn’t be able to do it for seven straight years if I didn’t have that it,you know?’


“And sometimes that may not equate to wins, or championships every year. (But) I feel as though I’m always consistent with what I do. I put in the work. And being the best player (in the NBA) is (now) a conversation. If you go out today and say, ‘KD is the best player in the world,’ that’s a conversation. That’s not the tell-all, be-all. So when people say, ‘Oh, he might have been MVP, but he’s not the best player in the world.’ Well, I can argue it. We can all argue it.”