No they don't. The only players who have ever had GOAT potential are in the ones who are in the argument for GOAT. Look right outside that top 5 or 6... who else had it?
The only one is Shaq.
Durant doesn't have it and he won't be in that conversation.
I have a feeling Lebron will join Shaq. He just can't actually hit that very top tier unless his jumpshot undergoes a complete transformation.
Now, all that said, anyone who doesn't think Durant can't be right near the top of that second tier is missing something. I don't see him surpassing Duncan, but I don't see why he can't surpass Ewing and the Dream and Karl Malone and Jerry West. Remember, he's got 8 more years playing at this level or higher. Maybe more. There is no reason to suppose he won't retire with 3-5 finals MVPs, 3-5 regular season MVPs, and 6 to 8 scoring titles. You think anyone will credit ringless Karl Malone with being better? The Heat are getting over the hill, the Lakers are done, and the Clippers are a move at least away from being serious competition. Durant's all alone at the top of the league in 2 or 3 years.
His talent is limitless, the game is just becoming too easy for him. If he wins like 3-5 championships , wins 2-3 MVPs, countless scoring championships, & scores 32,000 .. I think he could be the GOAT. Those achievements are not out of the question.
NBA is no longer the game of '80s & '90s.
No handcheck rules made NBA a game of back court players only.
Even 34 yrs old Kobe is ave 29 ppg. something will never happen in yesteryears NBA as age catches up & you become a 18 ppg player cuz handchecking will rob 6 ppg & 'no blood no foul' physical contact rule will take away another 5 ppg from Durant, Kobe & Melo.
Resulting in death of PF & C position is directly related to relaxed no defense era.
NBA wanted to turn everyone into Michael Jordan after MJ retired & Bulls dismantled.
NBA has succeeded but Basketball has become boring & poorer & diluted as competitive sport.
The "IF" talk is just delusional... Have to see some hardware first for me to see that potential.... its also unfortunate that he is playing in a time where this certain Heat player is & will continue to bottleneck him from such hardware...