It won’t be long before Kevin Durant makes his debut for the Phoenix Suns following the All-Star break. Durant’s acquisition surely makes the Suns title contenders, yet one retired NBA star feels even stronger about Phoenix.
Gilbert Arenas didn’t hold back on the ceiling for the Suns this season. The retired guard called it a championship or bust as soon as this year for Phoenix.
On Fubo Sports, Gilbert explained why there’s no margin for error with Durant joining the Suns.
“Chip, chip with the dip,” stated Arenas when asked on his thoughts of the Suns being the betting favorite. “I don’t even know why we’re playing. This is not even a question. You have two guys that’s capable of 50,60,70 [points]. Both half-court players. Both mid-range players. Both players you can’t actually play one on one, they’ll eat you alive.”
Arenas was certainly referring to Devin Booker as the other player that can get his own baskets on any given night. With both Booker and Durant on the court together, the two could possibly make one of the more deadlier pure-scoring duos in recent memory.
“If they don’t win…this would be the biggest failure for Kevin Durant,” concluded Arenas.
While a championship or bust mentality is the thought of most around the league, it may not be a runaway title for Phoenix. More so, Durant not pulling out a championship this year wouldn’t be the worst of his downfalls for his career.
Prior to joining the Suns, Durant formed one of the most lethal Big 3s in history with the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets were able to acquire James Harden back in 2022, giving Durant all the firepower he would need alongside Kyrie Irving.
The rest of that story with the Nets is history. Durant’s time with other formidable trios with the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder saw similar endings.
Having the future Hall of Famer surely puts the Suns atop the Western Conference. Yet still, how that story will unfold remains to be seen.