Former Net and three-time Sixth Man of the Year award winner Jamal Crawford loved what he saw last year from Kevin Durant. Following a severe Achilles injury suffered in the NBA Finals, Durant was forced to stay sidelined throughout the entire 2019-20 campaign. Going into last season, there were doubts on if the 33-year-old would be able to play at a familiar, All-NBA level.
Durant made sure to shut that all down in style by averaging 26.9 PPG, 7.1 RPG and 5.6 APG on 54% shooting from the field and 45% accuracy from three during the regular season. To top himself, Durant followed this up with an even better performance in the playoffs. Durant went for 34.3 PPG, 9.3 RPG and 4.4 APG on 51% shooting from the field, and very nearly knocked off the eventual champion Bucks.
In an interview with Landon Buford, Crawford reflected on how much this impressed him, and called for the NBA to bring back the Comeback Player of the Year award to honor Durant. The NBA did once have a Comeback Player of the Year award from 1980 to 1986, but the honor was later changed to the Most Improved Player Award.
“I think they should add a Comeback Player of the Year Award,” said Crawford. “KD made the Achilles injury look like a sprained ankle, and if we had that award available, he would have won it last season.”
Jamal Crawford on Adding Awards:
“I think they should add a Comeback Player of the Year Award. KD made the Achilles injury look like a sprained ankle, and if we had that award available, he would have won it last season.#NBA #NBATwitter #HoopSpaces #BrooklynTogether pic.twitter.com/He0Mq44PQQ
— Landon Buford (@LandonBuford) October 8, 2021