NBA players can be needy. 

Kevin Durant scored 50 points in the Warriors’ Game 6 win over the Clippers in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Afterward, Golden State coach Steve Kerr made a declaration.

“He’s the best player in the world; most skilled player in the world,” Kerr told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Kerith Burke.

KD registered 29 points, five rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal in the Warriors’ Game 2 win over the Rockets in their second-round playoff series. 

“I think Kevin wants to be recognized as the best player in the world,” Kerr told Sporting News before the victory. “And I happen to think he is. Now, on our team, he doesn’t need to show it. He’s not stat crazy. He’s not a guy that chases numbers. He’s content to let other people score.

“But in the playoffs, when it’s absolutely necessary that he becomes aggressive and takes over games, this is his time to take over. And it’s when everyone is watching. And to me, it’s pretty obvious watching the playoffs who the best player has been.”

Entering this season, LeBron James was being talked about as the world’s best player.

Not so much now. 

KD is great,  but would he have ever won anything had he not gone to an existing Championship team. 

I think not.  

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