Originally Posted by KevB
I'm not sure Jordan ever had anyone as close as Durant is to LeBron. Zeke, Clyde, Kemp/Payton, Barkley, Malone/Stockton....Hall of Fame guys but none were ever really close. While LeBron is definitely the best player, Durant is a beast ---- and he's still only 24 damn years old (4 years younger than LeBron).
Agreed. Just a totally different basketball era. Jordan's era was swimming with talent, but it was largely about team basketball. You wonder if the NBA relaxed some of the rules on hand-checking if you'd see a completely different brand of basketball during that time. It's like comparing Drew Brees to Joe Montana.
Durant has a long way to go to be an elite player, particularly in terms of playing better defense. But I still think his killer instinct is more like Jordan than LeBron's. Durant is miles behind LeBron and will never, ever match up to LeBron in terms of talent, but you can't help but wonder what the kid will be like when he peaks.