Everyone knows that Michael Jordan is the GOAT, there’s no denying that. But Andre Iguodala was very quick to pronounce his teammate Kevin Durant as the most talented scorer of all time.
Iguodala made a very interesting comment to the Crossover:
People don’t appreciate (Durant) 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.
Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were the two guys with unstoppable moves. MJ had the fadeaway and Kareem had the skyhook, but KD is a 7-footer who can hit a hesi pull-up from 50 feet out. That’s his unstoppable move.
Naturally, this caused an uproar as everyone rushed to point out that MJ had the highest PPG average ever, 3 more points than Durant who currently sits at 27.1.
Durant was averaging 27 points a night playing alongside Russell Westbrook who is known for taking a lot of shots. MJ only had Scottie Pippen to compete for the ball with and Pippen was more of a point-forward than shot-taker.
Durant is also 3-4 inches taller than MJ, shot better from the 3-point line and the foul line but Jordan scored more points per game and he was 10-time NBA scoring champion.
Kevin Durant’ best season was in 2013-14 when he averaged 32 points per game. On the other side, Michael Jordan had two best seasons with 37.1 points per game (1986-87) and 35.0 points per game (1987-88).
In the last 4 seasons, Kevin Durant never averaged more than 28.2 points per game, only because he played alongside Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma and alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in Bay Area.
Maybe Kevin Durant is the most versatile scorer in NBA history, but the fact is that Michael Jordan is the greatest scorer of all time.