Kevin Durant came painfully close to his first NBA title last year, and after an offseason to reflect on what could have been, he’s clearly on a mission to get the job done this time around.
But he’s not alone.
From Chris Paul in Los Angeles to Carmelo Anthony in New York, some of the NBA’s brightest stars are making a serious push to add that elusive first championship to their trophy cases. So while it’s great that KD has stepped up his game in pursuit of that hardware, he’s going to have to get through a group of similarly motivated superstars to do it.
Of course, there’s also the small matter of LeBron James’ Miami Heat, Tim Duncan’s San Antonio Spurs and Kobe Bryant’s L.A. Lakers. Those guys and their clubs have already been to the mountaintop, and they’re in no hurry to climb down.
With all of the obstacles standing in the way, the mission to secure that first NBA title might seem impossible. But instead of self-destructing under the pressure, there are seven stars that have shown by their inspired play this season that they’ve chosen to accept it.
See what I did there?
All stats accurate through games played Jan. 4, 2012.