One of the biggest debates among basketball fans will always be who is the greatest player in the NBA’s history. Even though everybody has their own opinion on this subject based on their personal preferences, it’s always interesting to hear what other NBA players think of this subject.
Kevin Durant was asked about his list of five best players in an NBA history on Darius Miles and Quentin Richardson’s podcast. Many fans might not know this, but Durant is a real basketball geek who watched the older generation of players and, throughout the years, developed a preference for specific players that made the most significant impact on him.
“Mike, obviously at one. Kobe two. Shaq three. Hakeem four. Magic,” said Durant on the podcast.Kevin Durant, The Knuckleheads Podcast
Durant almost included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but he ultimately went with Olajuwon as the best center of all time and someone he enjoys watching.
“I’m looking at it from a pure skill standpoint,” KD explained. “It’s a toss-up. (Hakeem is) more my taste, though.”Kevin Durant, The Knuckleheads Podcast
For Durant, Kobe Bryant is No. 2 because on this list because of his skillset and the impact he had on the entire league over 20 years.
“Easy, number two ever,” he said. “Not in greatness but in terms of skill to me.”Kevin Durant, The Knuckleheads Podcast
It’s hard to criticize Durant because Bryant had a great NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers. In 20 NBA seasons, Bryant put together 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.7 assists and helped bring five NBA titles to Los Angeles.
Durant also explained why he did not include LeBron James, and he had a pretty good reason for that.
“I like to put these dudes in there when they retire, said Durant when asked about James. “That’s when I really want to evaluate their careers. “Kevin Durant, The Knuckleheads Podcast
There’s still a chance that LeBron will be in Durant’s top five list, but at the moment he’s on the outside looking in. Many have James as the top ten players of all-time, and that perception might change because he still has a few good years left in the tank. Durant’s reasoning is undoubtedly valid because he wants to look at a player’s entire NBA career, and LeBron’s journey in the league is still not finished.