Kevin Durant Labelled As the Hardest Player to Guard by NBA Legend

Published 12/22/2021, 1:24 PM EST


Dwyane Wade has been in the NBA for a long time, and he has had a chance to defend against some of the best players in the world. Dwyane has averaged over 22 points per game throughout his NBA career and was a dominant player till the end of his career. This 39-year-old reveals that in his 16-year NBA career, he feels the toughest player to defend is Kevin Durant.

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“Well, first of all, it’s Kevin Durant. He’s 6’11”, maybe 7’1″ depending on how KD wanna be perceived. But 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”, says Dwyane Wade.

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Durant is regarded as one of the greatest scorers in NBA history.

Kevin Durant Was on Kobe’s Hurdle List on the Court as Well

Earlier, Kobe had a say on Kevin Durant in regards to the difficulty to defend the two-time NBA champion.

“Kevin Durant. That was the one that I retired without really being able to figure out what it is– how I can stop him”, said Kobe in an interview.

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Dec 14, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) reacts during the first quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant is a potent shooter who can soar above defenders and score in many ways thanks to his lengthy, lanky physique. The 11-time All-Star is nearly unstoppable offensively whether it’s off the dribble or in the post.

Moreover, Durant also has a quick release, which makes it tough for defenders to contest his shots. Additionally, he’s very effective at drawing fouls, which can frustrate defenders and lead to easy points.

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Defenders need to be able to move their feet quickly and stay with Durant on the perimeter. They also need to be strong enough to challenge his shots and keep him from getting into the paint.

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VS Sharathprasad

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Sharathprasad is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Sharathprasad is a postgraduate in Mass Media Communications with a specialization in Print and New Media. He has been following NBA since 2012 and is an ardent fan of the LA Lakers.

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