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Kevin Durant Is A Huge Fan Of One Less-Discussed Former Kentucky Star

An extreme closeup of Kevin Durant's face.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors laughs during during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Kevin Durant's Golden State Warriors signed a prominent former Kentucky big this off-season, shocking the NBA by bringing in DeMarcus Cousins. KD is a huge fan of another former Wildcat center: fourth-year Kings player Willie Cauley-Stein.

Durant recently went on Portland Trail Blazer guard C.J. McCollum’s podcast this week. The appearance made headlines because Durant wasn't coy about telling McCollum that his team would never win a title.

When he wasn't trolling the star guard on his own show, the two engaged in some pretty interesting discussion about a number of players.

Willie Cauley-Stein was one of the more surprising names that Kevin Durant and C.J. McCollum both brought up.

The two discussed a few of the current NBA big men whose games they are fans of, including Durant's former teammate Steven Adams, and Clint Capela, who is currently the biggest free agent left available.

From there, the discussion turned to WCS's abilities. It comes in just before the 34 minute mark of the podcast:

Durant: "You know who I like a lot, is Willie Cauley-Stein. I feel like he's the next one of 'those guys.'"

McCollum: "He's springy spring. CRAZY springy."

KD: "He's FAST too. Gets up and down the floor."

CM: "Gets off the ground, I think as quick as anyone I've ever seen."

KD: "Once they get better in Sac, they're going to see his athleticism. It's ridiculous."

That's a ton of praise from two stars, and one who is approaching all-time great status, for a guy who hasn't gotten a ton of publicity at this level.

Part of that is where he plays. The Kings have been bad for his entire NBA career, and the team continues to stack more similar players on the roster, keeping Cauley-Stein from big minutes.

Last year, his third in the league, was his best season almost across the board. Cauley-Stein played in 73 games, averaging over 28 minutes per night. He scored 12.8 points and grabbed seven boards per contest.

[Pull Up with CJ McCollum]