Kevin Durant Has Convinced Himself That The Only Reason He Doesn't Win ALL The Awards Is Because People Hate Him And The Warriors
There is exactly one way in which a deserving professional athlete can guarantee that he/she doesn't win a league-wide award that is voted on by (relatively) respected journalists. Unfortunately for Kevin Durant, I can promise you that it's not by sharing the stage with other great players while playing for a team that's as shamelessly stacked as they are incredibly easy to hate. Never mind the fact that the Defensive Player of the Year isn't decided by a twitter poll, because what gives me the most comfort in believing that merit actually has the biggest impact on NBA accolades is that the same trophy that's being whined about currently resides in the home of the Golden State Warrior who happens to be infamous for causing testicular trauma. Not for nothing, but the "they just don't like us" argument is easier to pick apart than Kevin Durant's repugnant personality when Draymond Green is merely a year removed from dick-kicking his way to DPOY honors while wearing the same damn jersey.
The truth is, the only way to guaranteed you don't get nominated as the Defensive Player Of The Year (other than by simply not being the best defensive player during any given year) is to imply that all the voters are vindictive jerks that cast bullshit ballots that are based entirely on their subjective feelings towards a team and player that are constantly getting their asses powdered with objective praise. You want "pure hate" then you got it, because the only characteristic that experts are now going to take more notice of while watching Kevin Durant is that he's an entitled baby with a self-worth that still hasn't been satisfied by going back-to-back in winning MVP of the NBA Finals.
Seriously, is the second best player in the NBA ever going to be happy with his standing amongst his peers? As nonsensical as it may be, I'd offer Kevin Durant The Sixth Man Of The Year, The Comeback Player Of The Year, and The Rookie Of The Year if it meant that he would just shut the hell up for a few short months and accept that not even the most devout hater (that he's actively encouraging with his bitching above, mind you) can take away all that he's earned. The dude is flat out delusional is he thinks those affiliated with the league he's running through on cruise control is conspiring against him, though I guess spending six hours a day arguing with teenage internet trolls will do that to a professional athlete that's as thin-skinned as he is insufferable.