Could Durant Touch Jordan’s Legacy?

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Photo Courtesy of Keith Allison, licensed through Flickr via Creative Commons

Photo Courtesy of Keith Allison, licensed through Flickr via Creative Commons

Put down the tar, keep the pitchforks at bay, and consider this: at the age of 25, Kevin Durant has already made his case for the Basketball Hall of Fame. Don’t buy it? Look at his credentials again.

  • Four time NBA All-Star
  • Three-time NBA Scoring Champion
  • All-Star Game MVP
  • NBA Rookie Of The Year
  • Naismith College Basketball Rookie Of The Year
  • Four-time All-NBA First Team
  • Team USA Olympic Gold Medalist (2012)
  • Team USA FIBA Gold Medalist (2010)
  • Career totals of almost 14,000 points, 3,500 rebounds, and over 1,700 assists

If Kevin Durant was to be abducted by aliens (presumably as a prelude to stealing his powers à la Space Jam) and never played another minute of NBA basketball, it would be difficult to make the case against his Hall of Fame Career. There are many less decorated players in Springfield, and very few who aren’t this accomplished this early into a career. For what it’s worth, basketball-reference.com’s Hall of Fame Probability calculator lists Durant with an 85 percent chance to make the cut.

Unfortunately, Durant has yet to grab one of what made Jordan so great — six championships — and has already blown it in one regard (Jordan was famously undefeated in the NBA Finals.) But the two players are closer to peers than it might seem, especially when we compare them to each other during the early years of their careers.

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