Paul Pierce ready to say Kevin Durant has passed LeBron James as ‘best player’

Kevin Durant has been the clear Finals MVP through the first two games, and perhaps high off of recency bias, Paul Pierce said Sunday night on ESPN’s postgame show the Warriors forward may be the best player in the world today.

Despite battling a knee injury toward the end of the regular season, Durant enjoyed an impressive first year with the Warriors. The sweet-shooting small forward averaged 25.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, while adding length and versatility to an already stacked roster.

Durant’s stance, if it holds true, will make life easier for the Warriors this offseason because point guard Stephen Curry is in line to sign one of the new five-year, supermax contracts when the season ends.

Should Durant ultimately take less than the league max, it would create a positive domino effect on Golden State’s entire offseason. Not only would they comfortably be able to supply Curry with the pay raise he deserves, they may also be able to keep one or both of free agents Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

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This chapter of the Lonzo/LaVar Ball saga ends June 22, the day of the NBA Draft, when we’ll learn which team values the son’s talents over the father’s bluster.