Entering free agency for the first time in his career, Kevin Durant is at the top of every team’s free agent list. At 27 years old, Durant still has a lot of basketball left in him, which makes him all the more exciting for other teams. Teams that were rarely mentioned may have a shot at the playoffs with Durant leading the way. But, out of all 30 teams that are in the NBA, which team would be a perfect fit for Durant? These are the top three teams that Durant would fit the best in.
3. Washington Wizards
There is no place like home, and if Durant returns to play for his hometown, it could be the start of something beautiful in Washington. The Washington Wizards have been to the playoffs twice in the last three years, but they haven’t made it past the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Wizards have two impressive guards in Bradley Beal and John Wall, but their backcourt is lacking. While the starting five has had no trouble scoring, as they all averaged double-digit points per game last year, their rebounding needs work. Marcin Gortat lead the team with 9.9 rebounds per game followed by Markleff Morris, who averaged only 5.5 rebounds per game. With Durant in the mix, Washington could be a real contender in the East. Troubles could arise from this pick up, though. Beal is also entering free agency, and there might not be enough cap space for both players. There is also the added pressure that comes with playing for your hometown that Durant does not find attractive. However, if this were a perfect world and Durant could be on the same team with Beal and Wall, the Washington Wizards would have a shot at winning a title.
2. Golden State Warriors
Not since the 2003 Los Angeles Lakers has the league seen a starting lineup with four superstar players. If the Golden State Warriors pursue Durant the way they say they want to, it might very well be the start of a championship era. The Warriors already have three superstar players who can shoot from anywhere on the court. Add Durant to that core of sharpshooters, and they will be an offensive juggernaut. Durant would also add an extra defensive element that the Warriors need when trying to contest shots and grab rebounds. Draymond Green was the Warriors leading rebounder, with 9.9 per game, and Andrew Bogut was second on the team with only 5.7 per game. Durant averaged 8.2 rebounds per game last season, and that type of play would help Golden State’s defense and further separate them from other teams in the Western Conference. The only drawback to having Durant on the Warriors would be the cap space. Golden State already has $70 million in guaranteed contracts and signing Durant would be no cheap acquisition. Last year alone, Durant made a little over $21 million, which would mean Golden State would have a lot of money to dish out, as well as numerous contracts to restructure, to make sure Durant becomes a Warrior.
1. Oklahoma City Thunder
Durant has played with the Oklahoma City Thunder for his whole career, and he has produced in this system. He knows the plays, he knows his teammates and the way they play, and he knows how head coach Billy Donovan leads. Both he and Russell Westbrook are the leaders of this team and it would be a huge blow to the Thunder if they were to lose Durant. Durant leads the team in points per game and rebounds per game, and is second in assists, making a huge impact on the team. Durant already has chemistry with his team and leaving to figure out a new system would be a huge adjustment. The best part about Durant staying in Oklahoma City is that there are no downsides. This team belongs to both Durant and Westbrook, but it needs Durant to remain a playoff caliber team. This team has a chance to make the finals and possibly become champions. It all rests on the choice Durant makes, but his best bet would be to stay with Oklahoma.