Andre Iguodala said – eight years ago – Kevin Durant would break Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring record.
Now Durant’s teammate on the Warriors, Iguodala obviously hasn’t wavered in his opinion of Durant.
Iguodala, via Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated:
People don’t appreciate him enough. He’s the most talented scorer of all-time. Hands down. He’s a walking 30 points. He’ll get 30 on 12 shots. That’s very, very hard to do. Very efficient. Most guys need to feel the ball in their hands a lot to get a rhythm. He doesn’t.
Durant might not even be the most talented scorer on his own team. Want to talk about underappreciated? Stephen Curry is right there.
Curry, Durant Michael Jordan and LeBron James comprise my candidates for most talented scorer of all-time. Jordan (defense) and LeBron (passing) have other elite skills that separate them in the overall greatest-of-all-time discussion, but in terms of just scoring, I’ll take those four.
Durant is probably the most well-rounded scorer of those four. He can score effectively from all three levels – 3-pointers, mid-range, paint. But Curry’s deep shooting and LeBron’s and Jordan’s ability to get inside are particularly valuable, and those three are no slouches from other areas.
So, this might come down to just how you define “most talented scorer.”
Under any reasonable definition, Durant belongs prominently in the discussion. But “hand down” No. 1? I wouldn’t go that far.