Can Kevin Durant Lead the Phoenix Suns to Victory?


| LAST UPDATE 03/31/2023

By Bernadette Forster
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Fans of the Phoenix Suns are anxiously awaiting the upcoming playoffs as their team, which has been building towards a championship run for some time, is poised for greatness this year. Even with such potential, one question remains – can Kevin Durant, who briefly played with the Suns in the past, take the Phoenix Suns all the way? The undeniable excitement and high stakes are amped up higher than ever with Durant's return to the court.

Historically, midseason trades have not typically resulted in immediate championship victories, with a few exceptions, like Mark Aguirre with the Pistons, Clyde Drexler with the Rockets, and Rasheed Wallace with the Pistons. Pau Gasol should also be mentioned for his role in helping the Lakers reach the finals in his first season with the famous NBA team. That being said, it's worth noting that even peak Wilt Chamberlain, a true legend, couldn't lead his team to victory in his first season with the Philadelphia 76ers. In 1965, Chamberlain was traded from San Francisco Warriors to the 76ers mid-season, where he averaged 30.1 points and 22.3 rebounds per game. Despite Chamberlain's individual greatness, the 76ers were eliminated in the playoffs' second round.

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Given the history, Durant's return represents an unparalleled basketball experiment, considering the Suns' strength as an opponent. Still, if the talented and determined team, led by Devin Booker, Chris Paul, and Deandre Ayton, can pull through and win the championship, it would signify an immense addition to Durant's already impressive legacy. From his early days with the Seattle SuperSonics to his time with the powerhouse Golden State Warriors, Durant has showcased his prowess as a game-changer amongst game-changers.

Durant's unexpected return comes at a critical time for the Suns, having been working hard towards a dream-championship for a while. The excitement of the fans reaching nerve-wracking levels as the Suns have been gearing towards this moment, but will it be enough with the pressure weighing in and Durant as a relatively new player with only a few games played for the Suns? Only time will tell if Durant can rise to the challenge and take the Phoenix Suns all the way, but with the playoffs looming, basketball fans are in for a wild ride. In the end, it's hard to tell if Kevin Durant can help take the Phoenix Suns all the way to the championship. Still, with such excitement building up, NBA fans will surely cling to every moment and await the results with bated breath.

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