Kevin Durant was named the NBA Finals MVP less than a month ago and, on Monday, the All-NBA forward reportedly agreed to a two-year contract to remain with the Golden State Warriors. Just hours later, though, Durant was simply a basketball fan taking in the action of the Utah Summer League and the battle between Jayson Tatum’s Boston Celtics and Markelle Fultz’s Philadelphia 76ers.
With that as the backdrop, it didn’t take long for Durant to appreciate the work of the No. 1 overall pick in Fultz and he displayed that love on Twitter.
Durant’s basketball lingo didn’t slip past die-hards, as he referred to the smooth, controlled nature of Fultz’s offensive attack. That has been the basis by which many NBA pundits have fallen in love with the former Washington Huskies standout and he certainly put on a show that created excitement for fans of the Sixers.
Heck, Fultz even poured it on defensively, which was a knock on his game as he entered the professional ranks.
Durant knows as well as anyone that the competition difference between Summer League (in Utah, Orlando or Las Vegas) and the real, live NBA is quite stark. Still, the former MVP certainly sees something in Markelle Fultz and, if you watched his summer debut, it wasn’t hard to identify with what Durant was observing. It’s becoming easier by the minute to trust the process. Well, except on Monday night, as Boston came out on top, 89-88, after a game-winning jumper by Tatum.