Dwyane Wade Takes Less Than a Second to Call Kevin Durant Hardest to Guard in NBA: ”He’s 6’11, Maybe 7’1” Depending on How KD Wants to Be Perceived”

Published 12/26/2021, 12:30 PM EST
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 03: Kevin Durant of USA is seen during a basketball match between USA and Spain at Saitama Super Arena on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan on August 03, 2021. (Photo by Elif Ozturk Ozgoncu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)


Dwyane Wade is a name every basketball fan has heard of. He has won the NBA championship thrice and was part of the Big Three of LeBron James, himself, and Chris Bosh. recently, Wade took part in the popular show conducted by Wired, where he shared his opinion on Kevin Durant and why he is the toughest to guard.

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In the show, popular celebrities and personalities answer questions asked by people on the internet. This time it was Wade’s turn.

Dwyane Wade on the hardest player to guard in the NBA

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People on Twitter asked a plethora of questions regarding the sport and other topics. When asked about the hardest person to guard in the NBA, Dwyane Wade named Kevin Durant without hesitating.

Who is the hardest person in the NBA to guard ?” asked a person on Twitter. Dwyane Wade immediately replied, “Well, first of all. it’s Kevin Durant. He’s 6’11,” maybe 7’1″, depending on how KD wanna be perceived. It’s hard to guard a guy who has so much talent to be able to put the ball on the floor, can score from inside the paint, to the free-throw line, to the mid-range, to the three-point line, back at half court.

Wade also mentioned that if he had to choose another player, it would be the Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. Dwyane Wade was a very good defender himself, and these words coming from him speak a lot about Durant.

Kevin Durant shooting stats:

Durant is an 11 time NBA All-Star and has won the NBA championship twice. He has also won the award for the highest points per game average in a given season four times.

He averages 27.10 points per game, which is the fourth-best scoring average by any player in NBA history above the likes of LeBron James and his Brooklyn Nets teammate James Harden.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Gold medal match – France v United States – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – August 7, 2021. Kevin Durant of the United States celebrates after scoring a basket REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Because of these impressive numbers, Kevin Durant has faced the wrath of the media in debates comparing him to Michael Jordan. Kevin Durant is one of the most clutch players ever as he averages 29.50 points per game in the playoffs. He ranks only behind Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson.

It also needs to be mentioned that Jordan was the dominant scorer in his team while Durant has had to share shooting responsibilities with the likes of Stephen Curry and James Harden.

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Do you think Kevin Durant is a better scorer than Michael Jordan? Let us know in the comments below.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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