As if anyone else was going to be at the top of these power rankings.
Thanks to a certain player in Miami, Kevin Durant may not be able to boast the title of "best basketball player on the planet." However, "second-best basketball player on the planet" isn't too shabby, either.
Durant's all-around game continues to grow and improve as he continues to shape himself into much more than an elite scorer. Though he may look smaller than a lot of the huge guys in the league, Durant's strength has really improved in the past few seasons, and he's combined that with his insane length to make improvements on both sides of the ball.
As for his mental state, I don't think Durant has ever been hungrier for a championship than he is right now. Seeing his rival win two straight titles, with one of them coming at his own team's expense, must be fueling the fire within KD.
Sure, he's a nice guy off the court, but Durant is slowly shedding that image on the court, as he's starting to gain more of an edge as his self-confidence has grown in recent years. That's not an ego thing or a bad thing at all. It's that type of competitive edge that's needed to lead your team to a championship.
Kevin Durant is flat out the best player on this team night in and night out, and whether or not the Thunder raise a championship banner in the next few seasons is riding heavily on his shoulders.