Hall of Famer Walt Frazier: Kevin Durant’s legacy will have an ‘asterisk next to his name’

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates with the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award and the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena.

It’s not just fans on social media questioning Kevin Durant’s legacy.

Add an NBA Hall of Famer to the list, too.

Former New York Knicks legend Walt Frazier offered a blunt take on Durant’s status as one of the greatest players in the game based on how he’s won back-to-back NBA championships.

Frazier felt that Durant leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder and signing with the already star-laden Golden State Warriors in 2016 subtracts from his legacy.

“Durant, as great a player he is, I would still hold back (giving him credit) because he joined a team that really didn’t need him,” Frazier said Wednesday on Sirius XM NBA Radio. “He’s right there with LeBron (James), probably would’ve surpassed LeBron as the best player in the game soon, but for him doing that I still don’t give him the full credit that he probably would’ve deserved if he stayed in OKC and won a title with that team.”.

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Frazier, an analyst for Knicks games on MSG Network, was asked where Durant would land on his all-time best players rankings.

“He’s going to be down the list for me because of (going to Golden State),” he said. “There will be an asterisk next to his name.”.

Durant, who also has won the past two Finals MVP awards, expressed frustration earlier this summer with how he’s perceived for responding to fans who criticize his legacy. He vented about how the media try to make him look “crazy” and “sensitive” for defending his greatness in the game.

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