Kevin Durant says he doesn't get fair treatment for awards: 'It's just pure hate for me'




 

Many players throughout the NBA believe they would have won some award or received some honor if they played on a better team with more exposure.

And then there's Kevin Durant, who plays for the Warriors, the NBA's best and maybe most popular team.

Durant on Defensive Player of the Year, as transcribed by Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area:

That's a whole lot of persecution complex. And it's only fueled by his teammates.

Draymond Green said last December Durant was running away with Defensive Player of the Year. Ultimately, Durant finished ninth in voting for the award, which Jazz center Rudy Gobert won.

But Durant didn't deserve Defensive Player of the Year. Durant expanded his defensive abilities, improving as a rim-protector - commendable, but not as valuable considering slippage elsewhere. He wasn't as sharp overall as a defensive rebounder and perimeter defender, even though he put those previously existing skills to use at times.

There's no wider agenda here. In two seasons since joining Golden State, Durant has won two NBA Finals MVPs (which he acknowledged). He has made the All-NBA first team and All-NBA second team. And he has finished seventh and ninth in MVP voting.

Durant gets a lot of credit, because he deserves a lot of credit. He just didn't come close to deserving Defensive Player of the Year.

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