Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant (Forward)
Four NBA Scoring Titles, an MVP award, NBA Rookie of the Year, two Olympic Gold Medals, and seven All-Star Team selections. Those are huge shoes to fill as Durant decided to silence the Thunder this past offseason to dig for gold with their rival Warriors. With Durant leading the way, OKC was a constant threat to compete for the NBA title, coming one win shy of advancing to the Finals in 2016. In the wake of his departure, it is hard to see how the Thunder will be able to fill that lanky yet forceful frame that provided almost 30 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists per game last season. With the Warriors monopolizing all the NBA’s top talent, this move has caused uproar among fans and sports analysts. By gaining Durant, the Warriors stuffed any shot that the Thunder had at winning the title this season. As Durant pours shots for Golden State, the move will likely drain ticket sales back in Oklahoma. Despite the effect on his reputation, Durant insists that he is just doing what is best for his career (though the $54.3 million did not hurt either). While the former Sooner state star is looking forward to lacing up with MVP winner Stephen Curry in sunny California, the storm caused by Durant’s departure from the Thunder will do serious damage.