With a championship and a Finals MVP in tow, Kevin Durant has validated his decision to join the Warriors last season in pursuit of a title. Durant was absolutely dominant throughout the series, averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.6 blocks per game in the Finals.
Durant was just the fifth player in NBA history to score 30 or more points in each game of a championship series (Shaq did it twice).
Hall of Famer and former Warrior Rick Barry told The Audible Tuesday that Durant’s Finals performance was one of the greatest he’s seen.
“One of the best ever,” Barry said. “You average over 30 points per game in the Finals…there are very few players who have done that in the history of the game. It wasn’t like he just did that, he had high rebound numbers and he did great with his assists, which is an area of the game which he’s improved on tremendously. He’s unguardable, a big man can’t guard him on the court and he gets a little guy and he takes him inside and shoots over him. He’s such a well rounded player, he does everything you could do. He’s a heck of a player and a really good person as well. I’m really happy for him and his mom and with all the garbage they’ve had to put up with he got the last word.”
Listen to the full interview below. To listen to Barry’s comments on Durant skip to the 2:10 mark.