With LeBron James becoming a sidekick to Dwyane Wade, his chance to become the next Michael Jordan is the same as you and me. Who is next in line? None other than the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant!
Durant will be the next Michael Jordan for one reason and one reason only—he will stay with his team and continue to build his team until he ultimately wins a championship, which he will win sooner rather than later. And it doesn't hurt that he's just an amazing player.
Kevin Durant is 21 years old, which is insane because at such a young age he's already an NBA All-Star and a scoring champion. Kevin has grown leaps and bounds since his rookie year with the Seattle Supersonics, but what's great is that not only has he grown, but his team has too.
Oklahoma City went from a 23-win team in 2008-09 to a 50-win team in 2009-10. They landed the eighth seed in the tough Western Conference and pushed the eventual NBA Champion Lakers to the end of a classic six-game series.
While the Thunder did lose in the first round, it was a win because the majority of their current roster was experiencing the first playoff series. Now, with their experience, they'll know what to expect in the future.
With Kobe Bryant's window as being the best player in the league coming to a close, I believe that only two players can legitimately become the new face of the NBA—Durant and Carmelo Anthony if he decides to go to the New York Knicks.
You're probably thinking of LeBron James as the face of the NBA, but it's just not possible for that to happen because although he can win multiple championships in Miami, his legacy will always be that he left his hometown team to win because he couldn't do it by himself. All of the great NBA players have won by themselves whether it be Michael, Hakeem, and now Kobe. Great players overcome the greatest of obstacles. Michael Jordan lost to Isiah Thomas and the "Bad Boys," and after eight seasons finally won his first title. Hakeem beat Ewing and Shaq, while Kobe, after struggling for years without Shaq, now has two more rings to add to his collection.
Kevin Durant wants to be great and that he will be. I feel that what Durant has in Oklahoma City is greater then what LeBron had in Cleveland. Just like LeBron was God in Cleveland, Durant is in OKC. The only thing that is different is that Durant wants to be home and wants to deliver a title to a city starved of any championship titles.
Looking at the current state of the NBA, Durant still has a few obstacles to go through and will have to wait a bit to win his first NBA Title.
The Los Angeles Lakers are still the best team in the NBA even with the new "Miami Thrice" and until Kobe hangs it up the Lakers will continue to dominate the West.
The Miami Heat shouldn't really scare or intimidate Durant because unlike the Heat who have three players, Durant actually has a full team of solid young players such as Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Jeff Green, Serge Ibaka, BJ Mullens, Cole Aldrich, etc. Those players are getting better each and every day and will definitely be enough to get past Miami in a possible NBA Finals.
With that being said, Kevin Durant has all the qualities not just to be an NBA champion, but qualities to be the future face of the NBA and most importantly, the next Michael Jordan.