Kevin Durant. Perhaps the greatest scorer in NBA history. He has the shot of a Dirk Nowitzki, handles like a point guard, with the finishing touch of a George Gervin, and the body of a Giannas Antetokounmpo. He has the ability to handle the ball with the best of them, his ability to pull up from anywhere past half court, mixed with his finishing ability, and topped off with his 7’0″ height and wingspan? He’s virtually a walking mismatch every time he steps on the floor. If you put him up against a SG/SF he’s usually taller, so he can simply shoot over them. If you put him versus a PF he’s usually faster than them so it’s easy for him to finish at them rim. Just ask Brendan Haywood.
Durant has 4 total scoring titles, and he has the possibility to add on many more before his career is finished. He is one of only 7 players in NBA history to record a 50-40-90 season (50% Field Goal Percentage), 40% Three Point Percentage, 90% Free Throw Percentage). Outside of his rookie season, he has never shot under 35% from the three-point line, has never shot under 85% from the free throw line, and has a career average of 27.2 PPG while shooting 48.8% from the field.
Kevin Durant has a better handle on the ball and jumpshot than MJ and Kobe ever had, and he’s more skilled than players like Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. MJ shot under 30% from the three point line a total of 9 time in his historic career, so he’s not as good of a jump shooter as KD is, but they both have elite finishing abilities. Plus, KD’s height will forever be an advantage of over MJ.
Kobe Bryant was an amazing scorer, but he wasn’t as consistent. Kobe in his 20 years in the NBA never shot over 50% from the field, but KD has done it each of the last 5 seasons. Yes, you can use the argument “but Kobe averaged 35.4 PPG in ’06”, but he averaged to take about 27 shots per game. KD hasn’t even come close to averaging that number of shots in a season. The most point Durant averaged was 32 PPG and he took 20.8 shots per game. If KD took that many shots, he’d honestly average 40 points a night. So, can we honestly say Kobe is the greatest scorer ever? Stats say different.