Even before they teamed up in Brooklyn, Kevin Durant had very good words for Kyrie Irving, praising the talented point guard for his game, comparing him to the greatest ballers in the history of the game. Back in 2017, when they faced each other in the NBA Finals, Durant had high praise for Kyrie, even comparing him with Allen Iverson.

The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games that year, but Kyrie was a total nightmare for the Dubs, going off for 29.4 ppg in the series. During an interview on The Bill Simmons podcast, KD talked about Kyrie and how talented he was, putting him at the same level as Allen Iverson (35:03 mark).

“I was telling some of my friends after Game 2, I was like, Kyrie, he just makes you happy when you watch him play. You just smile when you watch him play because for somebody to be that skilled, you know he had to work tirelessly at it. The stuff he has in his package is next-level stuff that you can try to teach your kids to do it, but you’ll never be able to do it.