Dylan Hernandez: Kevin Durant proves he's the greatest U.S. men's basketball Olympian of all time

Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times on

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SAITAMA, Japan — Draymond Green is a world-class defender and part-time distributor, an occasional philosopher and full-time instigator.

The versatile forward played another role Saturday: Historian.

"Been a lot of great players to don this jersey," Green said. "He's No. 1."

Green was talking about Kevin Durant, who spared the U.S. its most humiliating defeat in any sport at these Olympics on Saturday by scoring 29 points in an 87-82 victory over France in the gold medal game.

Did Green's appraisal of Durant sound hyperbolic?

It wasn't.


Durant is the best to ever do this, better than Bill Russell or Michael Jordan or LeBron James.

He's the greatest Olympic men's basketball player of all time.

He's won three gold medals, matching Carmelo Anthony for the most ever. With 420 points in 22 games, he's the U.S.'s all-time leading scorer at the Olympics.

There's also his performance at these Games.


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