Tim Hardaway Sr believes that Kevin Durant, and not LeBron James, is the one unstoppable offensive talent playing basketball today.
A 6’10” forward with a 7’5″ wingspan a release point as high as KD has is the formula that perhaps a machine would sputter out if you asked it to make an unbeatable NBA player.
His comparatively low weight aside, Kevin Durant is legitimately a cheat code in the game of basketball. This is a man who grew from 6’1″ in his freshman year to 6’7″ in his sophomore year and began charting nationally.
Durant has been marked out as a generational talent – a unicorn, if you will – from his Oak Hill days. Having developed guard skills as a youngster, KD resorted to fine-tuning his shot and putting on the requisite muscle in college.
And ever since he burst onto the NBA scene barely a month past his 19th birthday, the Slim Reaper has been the personification, the dictionary definition of unguardable.
Kevin Durant is one of only 3 players alongside Michael Jordan and LeBron James to finish every pro season with a scoring average higher than 20 points per game.
“Did LeBron James stop Kevin Durant when he had the ball for game?”: Tim Hardaway Sr
Tim Hardaway Sr was in India a few years back as part of the NBA Cares initiative. The 5-time All-Star and Warriors and Heat legend answered a number of questions in his presser that day.
One of those questions, worded immaculately, was this. If you had to pick one player to make a shot with 10 seconds remaining in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, with the scores tied, who would you pick?
Hardaway Sr had no hesitation at all as he went with Kevin Durant for his pick:
“Kevin Durant. Nobody can stop him, his mid-range jumper from the low post. Kevin Durant is the only player in the NBA that nobody can stop.”
“Like I said, Kevin Durant is the only player nobody can stop. (Responding to audible disagreement all around) OK, can I say this? Did LeBron stop him when he had the ball for game? I can’t hear you….”