NBA Insider and writer believes that Nets star Kevin Durant has done enough to be considered as the 4th greatest scorer of all time.
Now, we all know Michael Jordan ranks pretty highly in the NBA community’s all-time list. Many agree that his biggest strength during his time was putting the ball in the bucket.
He was a phenomenal scorer, and frankly, one that hasn’t quite been usurped in that department just yet. However, a certain Kevin Durant has started to reveal himself as a serious contender for that throne.
At the height of a center, the Slim Reaper has the quickness and agility of a guard. He’s also one of the best snipers in the history of the NBA and can shoot over just about anybody. Simply put, on his night, the player is nothing less than a cheat code.
And taking all that into account, Eddie Bitar of ‘Fadeaway World’ seemingly wanted to see just how well the Nets star stacks up against the greatest scorers ever. And so, in a recent piece, he presented his arguments for why Durant needs to be considered as the 4th greatest scorer of all time.
Kevin Durant trails only Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, and Michael Jordan in the race for the greatest scorer of all time
Fans and analysts alike have held Kevin Durant in incredibly high regard in terms of all-time scorers. After all, not many in NBA history can really compete with a 7-foot sniper.
However, while Bitar clearly likes the former OKC man as well, he decided to take it to the next level. In his piece, he decided to compare the 32-year-old to Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, and Michael Jordan. More specifically, he compared their number of Scoring titles, Highest ever points per game season, and lastly, their 40-, 50-, and 60-point games throughout their careers.
To be fair to the writer, he dove far deeper than most have on this topic. However, every time he compared Kevin Durant to a former player, it eventually just came down to intangibles. Here is a quote that essentially sums up the stance of the piece in its totality.
“Durant had the size to shoot over any defender, but he doesn’t have Jordan’s hunger for destroying his competition. Michael Jordan had perfect intangibles, a go-to fadeaway jumper…(he) could win games by scoring every time when the game plan didn’t work, something Durant doesn’t like to do… Iverson and Bryant, Jordan took the game by the neck and that makes him the better scorer than Durant and the best scorer ever.”
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) June 8, 2021
We admit there is some truth to these words. At the end of the day, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant are remembered most for their killer mentality by many. However, we also think Bitar sells the Slim Reaper woefully short.
Even now, after a devastating Achilles injury, and even in the absence of Harden, he is laying waste to the East. That deserves far more credit than what he is given. And we hope that with time, the NBA community can give it to him.