After three consecutive trips to the Finals and two championship rings with the Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant is currently on the sideline and watching this season’s edition of the playoffs. The Nets may still be in the playoff race, but Durant wasn’t able to join them in the Orlando bubble due to injury. Since Durant parted ways with the Warriors and the franchise suffered some high-profile injuries, the league started becoming much less predictable.
With the emergence of numerous contenders this season, it’s hard to predict who will capture the Larry O’Brien Trophy. However, Durant has an idea who will face off in the Finals and eventually win the 2020 title. In a recent appearance on Play For Keeps podcast, Durant said that he’s expecting the Los Angeles Clippers and the Milwaukee Bucks to meet in the Finals and predicted the Hollywood squad to win the prestigious prize.
“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, as quoted by Royce Young of ESPN. “And I’ll go with the Clippers.”
The Clippers’ road to the 2020 championship won’t be easy. The Warriors may be heading into the lottery this season, but there are still plenty of formidable powerhouse teams in the Western Conference, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, and the Houston Rockets. Still, Durant believes that the Clippers have the right personnel to beat any contender in a best-of-seven series.
“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.”
It’s hard to blame Durant for betting on the Clippers. They currently have the superstar, Kawhi Leonard, that prevented him from winning his third championship ring in Golden State and ended their dynasty. After leaving the Toronto Raptors, Leonard is playing alongside a superstar who is also considered one of the best two-way players, Paul George, while being surrounded by a quality supporting cast that includes Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Marcus Morris Sr., Landy Shamet, Reggie Jackson, and Ivica Zubac.
The Clippers have yet to show the full potential of their roster, but they are still considered one of the league’s strongest contenders. As the league completes its regular season after an extended layoff, the Clippers are seeking to improve their chemistry and aim to finish the regular season with the second-best record in the Western Conference.