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Top 100 NBA Players of 2016: Battle for No. 2
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Top 100 NBA Players of 2016: Battle for No. 2
Tuesday September 8th, 2015

Despite a series of foot injuries that sidelined him last season, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant believes he is still the best player in the world.

At an event in Spain to promote his new Nike signature sneaker, the 2013-14 NBA Most Valuable Player discussed the potential of this season's Thunder team, as well as his own condition.

“I think we have a really good team,” Durant said. “We have to come together and play as one, and that's harder than people realize. But we're ready to take on the challenge. We're under the radar, exactly where we want to be, and looking forward to having a good season. And yes, I'm still the best player in the world.”

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Last season, the 26-year-old underwent three surgeries in six months on his right foot. Durant's first surgery in October caused him to miss 17 games. Durant's second and third surgeries came in February and March, respectively, with the latter officially shutting him down for four to six months leading up to the 2015-16 NBA season.

Without Durant, Oklahoma City missed the playoffs in 2015.

Despite being limited to just 27 games last season, Durant, a six-time All-Star, averaged 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.

Watch Durant's proclamation below:

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