Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant has tipped the Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks to make the NBA Finals, in which the Clippers would impose over the Bucks and claim this year's championships. The Clippers, led by last year's NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and six-time NBA All Star Paul George, hold the second place of the Western Conference with a 45-22 record, trailing six wins behind the first-placed Los Angeles Lakers -- who have a 51-16 record.
Meanwhile, the Bucks hold comfortably the top spot of the Eastern Conference with a 54-14 record and the second-placed Toronto Raptors trail by five wins to the team from Wisconsin. Durant, a four-time NBA scoring champion, has won two NBA championships throughout his career and he admits predicting a winner is never an easy thing to do.
"If I had to choose -- and I hate doing that s--- because you never know what could happen, you seen that with us last year -- but if I had to choose, I'll go with Clippers and Bucks for the championship," Durant said on the "Play For Keeps" podcast, as quoted on ESPN.
"And I'll go with the Clippers." The Clippers have had their struggles this year -- mostly due to player health issues -- but they are expected to be fully healthy when the NBA playoffs kick off and a top contender for the NBA title.
"They're just so deep," Durant said of the Clippers. "They haven't had their whole team together at once for a long period of time yet, and that talent is just undeniable. When you have [Paul George] and Kawhi [Leonard] at the wings, that's what you need to win is wings.
You got those two at the wings, arguably top three, top four at the wing position on one team."
Durant wants to get back to his old game
Durant has missed the whole first season with the Nets due to an Achilles injury but he should be ready for the start of the next season and he has noted that he wants to dominate as he used when he returns to the court.
"I was at a level where I was focused in on every possession, so I want to get back to that point," Durant said of his comeback. Durant also defended his often-criticized teammate Kyrie Irving: "What does misunderstood mean? I think the truth sometimes can hurt a lot of people.
When you tell the raw truth, especially in this society, it's frowned upon. And Kyrie just tells it like it is. There's no sugarcoating."