There can only be one

Just over 2 years ago, Kevin Durant infamously graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, along with a chilling assessment of his career up to that point.

I’ve been second my whole life. I was the second-best player in high school. I was the second pick in the draft. I’ve been second in the MVP voting three times. I came in second in the Finals. I’m tired of being second. I’m not going to settle for that. I’m done with it.

Now, he’s avenged his consistent 2nd place MVP finish by finally winning that award last year, and there’s nothing he can do about being thought of as second best in high school or the NBA Draft. But there’s still one category in which Durant doesn’t want to be considered 2nd best. Top NBA players.

While out in Vegas at USA Basketball’s minicamps, Durant spoke to a reporter about where he feels in regards to the NBA’s best, which–it’s not secret–include LeBron James, reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry, and rising superstars James Harden, Anthony Davis, and his Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook.

Despite Kevin Durant’s recent injury troubles, chances are he’d only say something like that if he knew he had it in him to go out there, starting this November. We’ll see.