Kevin Durant is as skillful as they come. Uncharacteristically for a 7-footer, his game is based on skill. His offensive pedigree matches that of the best guards in the game today.
So when it comes to critiquing the next generation, one can consider him to be a credible source. The 2-time NBA Finals MVP knows what he’s talking about.
The Brooklyn Nets’ small forward started his expert analysis with the youngest Ball boy, LaMelo Ball. The Charlotte Hornets’ brand new point guard is a very polarising figure already. Some have already tagged him as the next superstar, while others believe he’s not worth the hype. Kevin said:
“He can shoot from anywhere. I love his game cause he’s skilled… He played kind of erratic at Chino Hills the last couple of years; just shooting whenever he wants… His shot changed, and he’s more athletic than he was a year ago… Just needs to keep learning the game.”
Zion Williamson is already becoming a household name in the NBA. The former number 1 draft pick is a physical specimen. Despite being undersized, he is unstoppable near the rim. Though injuries have curtailed his bright start, KD is a fan and said, “A freakish athlete, like once in a generation athlete… In transition, it’s kind of hard to stop this dude… and he can block every shot. You can’t give him any space around the rim.”
When it comes to physically gifted players, James Wiseman comes to mind. Kevin’s former team, the Golden State Warriors, would want him to be their Joel Embiid after selecting him at number 2 in the draft. While talking face to face with Wiseman, Durant said, “Your motor is going to be on every time you play… Blocking shots, rebounding the ball, and playing with tenacity… that’s what makes you a beast.”
More skilled players like Cole Anthony and RJ Barrett also caught Durant’s eye. He wants to follow and, if possible, mentor them in their NBA journey.
Durant is in his prime, and these youngsters have more work ahead of them if they are to reach KD’s level of greatness. The former OKC player is preparing himself for a comeback right now with the Nets. If he reaches his previous high level, he will become an example to these players on emerging from setbacks.
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