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Max Kellerman, a co-host of ESPN talk show First Take, has revealed his early thoughts on the now-Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant, who is recovering after tearing his right Achilles, and his opportunity to reach Michael Jordan’s level:

Per Fadeaway World: “KD will never be as good as he once was because half the game is defense. As a result of that, he has the chance now to be greater than he’s ever been. If Kevin Durant, as the diminished version of himself, can lead the Brooklyn Nets to a championship in the biggest, most intense media market in the world, in the center of the known universe, in a town that hasn’t won a basketball championship on a professional level since the New York Nets in 1976 in the ABA when Doctor J. was the MVP or on an NBA level since 1973 when the Knicks won or in Brooklyn on any level, in any sport, since the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955. If Kevin Durant can do that, he will enter the conversation as when you talk about Jordan, well, who else? He would truly enter that conversation,” Kellerman said.

This past season, Durant averaged 26.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.1 blocks per game.