Monty Williams opens up about how Kevin Durant will help the Suns
The Phoenix Suns shook the course of the NBA after acquiring star forward Kevin Durant from the Nets before Thursday’s trade deadline.
Durant’s arrival immediately thrust the Suns into the conversation as arguably the favorite to reach the NBA Finals out of the Western Conference. Head coach Monty Williams voiced that the move pivots significantly toward championship contention.
“I think it’s more than a lift,” Williams said after a 116-107 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night via ESPN. “I think it’s a jolt, if that makes sense. Just because of, not just who he is as a player, but his love for the game. I think the guys are going to see something that they may not have seen before as far as his approach and how much he just loves to play basketball.
“I think if he could hoop every day, 24/7 he would do that and I think that’s who we are. And so to be able to have someone like that in your gym, but who’s also ultratalented, and one of the best to ever do it, I think it’s going to not just compliment what we do, it’s gonna uplift and give us a bit of a jolt.”
Although Durant has struggled with injuries over the last couple of seasons, he remains one of the league’s best players. He is playing at an elite level as an efficient top-tier scorer.
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The combination of Durant, Devin Booker, and Chris Paul could elevate the Suns into becoming the top factors in the West. There will be an adjustment period, but Phoenix has the pieces in place to become the standard in the conference for the next few seasons.