Kevin Durant doesn’t care that sharing the spotlight with Stephen Curry may hurt his chances of claiming another MVP trophy.
As the nine-time All-Star told Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports, the fans know how good he is, regardless of the individual awards:
“Awards don’t mean anything, for one. You can still be an MVP-caliber player and not win MVP, in my opinion,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “I know how good I am. Everybody in this league knows how good I am. All the fans know. No matter how much they try to deny it, or hate, or tell you anything different. They know when I step on the court, they fear me, as fans of the game. I’m not saying my opponents fear me, but when I get a wide-open shot, I hear the crowd. Before I shoot it, I hear. They all respect it. But obviously, the move that I made [to join Golden State], people that — they enjoy competition, whatever they call that, or suspense in the basketball game — they didn’t like it. So anything to take a shot at me here and there, I knew it was coming. The MVP I got, I experienced that already. That’s what I’m about, I want to experience things. I experienced what that’s like. Let’s move on. What’s next for me?”
The 29-year-old Durant finished ninth in MVP voting last year.
Over 55 games this season, he is averaging 26.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 5.4 assists.