Kevin Durant justified his move to the Golden State Warriors by capturing his first championship with the franchise last season.
The 29-year-old was the difference maker for the Dubs and was named as the Finals MVP after dominating the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He was the Warriors' leading scorer in every game of the finals and averaged 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 5.4 assists while shooting 55.5 percent from the field, 47.4 percent from three-point range, and 92.7 percent from the free throw line.
KD was also responsible for producing the defining moment in the series that effectively secured the title win.
After Kyle Korver missed a corner three-pointer that would've sealed the win for the Cavs in the closing stages, Durant took the ball up the floor and drilled a pull-up three over LeBron James to give his team a lead they wouldn't surrender and a 3-0 series lead.
That shot instantly became a pivotal moment in Durant's career and he also knew the significance of it as soon as he saw it go through the hoop.
“That was the best moment I ever had,” Durant told GQ's Zach Baron. “I made the game-winning shot in the finals against my f*****g idol. Somebody that I really, really, really followed since I was a ninth-grade high schooler. I felt like he was passing the torch to me.”
With LeBron still playing at a ridiculous level in his 15th season, he would certainly dismiss any notion that a torch has been passed.
The Cavaliers superstar is on a mission this year and is putting up outstanding numbers at the age of 32.
But Durant more than held his own against LBJ, who is still rightly considered to be the best player on the planet. In that series, however, the Golden State small forward looked like the best player on the court.
In a feature with Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher, the eight-time All-Star also explained how that shot allowed him to send a message to his critics and one man in particular.
“That was a ‘f--- you’ shot, for sure,” he said. “To everybody. Especially Paul Pierce. I heard him say, ‘I guess he don’t want to work no more.’ That really struck a nerve when he said that.
"C’mon, man, I put in work. I know what you were going for, but c’mon. One thing I pride myself on is working out and crafting my skills.”
The former Oklahoma City Thunder star had the last laugh and is primed to add to his trophy collection in the coming years as part of a formidable Warriors team.