George Gervin: ‘KD’s game is similar to mine.’
SIMILARITY IS EVIDENT

George Gervin: ‘KD’s game is similar to mine.’

There are only a few guys that you could put in front of George Gervin when it comes to scoring. To be precise, you could only put two of them – Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan. Only those two won more league scoring championships than Iceman’s four, but he was the first guard ever to put three titles in a row in his trophy cabinet.

When you look at his unstoppable ability to score, it’s hard to find a better pure scorer. In today’s game, there are not so many guys built like him. But Gervin acknowledges one modern superstar whose game is similar to his.


“KD, man. He scored differently than me. But as far as putting it through the hole, he’s just as effective. Once he gained that in-between game, he was even more effective. He’s just an unbelievable player, one of the top in the league, said Gervin on The Knuckleheads podcast.

George Gervin, via Knuckleheads podcast


And when you think about it, that’s probably the only legit comparison. Durant has all the tools needed to be the best scorer today. He has the size, the skillset, and as we can see in the preseason, he didn’t lose the quickness after the injury. KD is also a nightmare for his opponents on the defensive end. He can guard almost all positions because of his size and long arms.

That’s also another thing that links him to Gervin. Not many people know that, but Iceman was one of the best shot-blocking guards at his time. Gervin finished his career with 1047 blocks, out of which 670 were in the NBA and 377 were in his ABA days. For his NBA career, Iceman averaged 0.8 blocks per game.


“They say I couldn’t play any D, but I could score so well so they’ll find something else to say about you. I took pride in guarding people, in going out and get ’em. I didn’t play on only one end, I wanted to stop you and then come down and score, Gervin added

George Gervin, via Knuckleheads podcast


When you talk about Gervin, of course, you’ll point out acrobatic layups and the mastery of finger roll. But, Iceman had an impact on defense. Just like KD has today.