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Durant, favored Warriors shrug off parity talk

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 22: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors talks to the media during a press conference after Game Four of the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs during the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 22, 2017 AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

(TSX / STATS) -- The Golden State Warriors are tuning out talk that their star-studded teams in recent years are to blame for uncompetitive playoff basketball.

Kevin Durant, who signed a two-year, $54.3 million free agent contract last offseason, said his move to join the Warriors has not negatively affected the NBA and ruined parity in the league.

"Like I'm the reason why (expletive) Orlando couldn't make the playoffs for five, six years in a row?" Durant told USA Today Sports in a wide-ranging article published Friday. "Am I the reason that Brooklyn gave all their picks to Boston? Like, am I the reason that they're not that good?

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2 A. Drummond, Det13.8
3 D. Jordan, LAC13.8
4 R. Gobert, Uta12.8
5 D. Howard, Atl12.7
6 K. Towns, Min12.3
7 A. Davis, NO11.8
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2 A. Davis, NO2.23
3 M. Turner, Ind2.12
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5 K. Porzingis, NY1.95
6 G. Antetokounmpo, Mil1.89
7 D. Jordan, LAC1.65
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