Kevin Durant won his way into our hearts with his now infamous MVP speech, but he won his way onto this list with one of, if not the greatest scoring season from a wing ever. . . The marvel of Durant’s 13-14 season is under-appreciated due to a lack-lustre post-season from the Thunder, and an injury marred 2014-15 campaign. At the end of 2014 a lot of people believed that Durant and not one, LeBron James was the best player in the NBA. While his time on the sidelines may have stalled that train some last year the debate should rage again this upcoming season.
A healthy Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, and Thunder core is something we’ve never really seen in the post-season, perhaps this upcoming year will get our chance to view it. In that situation Durant would get a chance to even further elevate himself on our list.
A couple of quick facts; one, Durant is the youngest player on this list by a comfortable margin, and two, he makes his appearance one day and one spot ahead of the older and more accomplished Paul Pierce. How do you feel about that?
Second Overall Pick 2007 – Seattle SuperSonics
4x Scoring Champ
Rookie of the Year
All-Star Game MVP
The Real MVP
How did the guys rank him?
The Flag Bearer: James Holas (30).
The Barn Burner: Will Reeve, Marc Griffin, Jacob Noble and Justin Rowan (NR).
Others to rank Durant: Brian Geltzeiler (34), Adi Joseph (35), Justin Salkin (38), Justin Termine (39), Shane Young (45), Robert Littal (47), Josh Eberley (48), Matt Drappel (49), and Lang Green (50).
#44 Tuesday, August 24.
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@basketball2912 @JoshEberley I would have to agree! That ranking seems a bit low…30s would be more like it at this point in his career
— Kyle Pannebaker (@KylePannebaker) August 24, 2015
@JoshEberley I wouldve switched Durant and Pierce but I'm a celtics fan
— Hoodie Chad (@ChaddyIssues) August 24, 2015
Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley
Jacob Noble – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC
James Holas – hoopscritic.com / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen
Adi Joseph – sportingnews.com, @AdiJoseph
Matt Drappel – sportsnet.ca, @MattyD416
Justin Rowan – fearthesword.com / hoopslounge.com, @Cavsanada
Robert Littal – blacksportsonline.com, @BSO
Shane Young – hoopshabit.com, @YoungNBA
Justin Termine – Sirius XM NBA / cinesport.com host, @TermineRadio
Marc Griffin – hoopslounge.com / sportsnet.ca, @montrealmarc
Lang Greene – basketballinsiders.com, @LangGreene
Justin Salkin – hoopscritic.com / brooklynsbeat.com, @brooklynsbeat
Will Reeve – awfsports.com / Host of the All Weather Fan Podcast, contributor for hoopscritic.com @WillReeveJr
and of course,
Brian Geltzeiler – hoopscritic.com / Sirius XM NBA / the-cauldron.com / 120sports.com, @hoopscritic
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