Kevin Durant has done more then his fair share of extensive basketball film study through the years, and three players in particular left an impression. “This is what the greatest players in the game in all of basketball do. They study those who were played prior to them or current peers that do awe inspiring things on the basketball court at the highest levels! This is how you position yourself into greatness personification!” -HKHS
He told The Athletic’s Shams Charania:
“Kobe [Bryant], MJ [Michael Jordan] and Kyrie [Irving].
“Just the way they move, I don’t understand why people don’t realize what they’re seeing in these three, especially Jordan and Kobe. Kyrie is younger than me, and that’s one of my best friends, so I watch his stuff. I get to play with Steph [Curry] every day, so I know his game inside and out.
“But watching Kobe and Mike, I’m like, ‘How do you not realize how good these dudes are?’ How do you not say they’re by far better than anybody who’s played the game? Just by the way they move, how fluid they are.”
With nine All-Star selections, an MVP, two Finals MVPs and an All-Star Game MVP on his resume, Durant himself will go down as one of the greatest players and scorers to ever suit up.
The 6’9″, some would argue a 7’0”, 240-pound forward who is a match-up nightmare this is why they call him “Slim Reaper” who can create his own shot from literally anywhere on the court. He can both attack the basket at every facet of the game and pull up from 30, 35 and even 40 feet w/ ease. “Durant scores the basketball soo efficiently and effortlessly and he has no current peers in the game at the full height of his NBA powers. Due to him being a 50/40/90 walking gazelle! He runs like a point guard but he has the height of a center! He is quite frankly a NBA anamoly!” -HKHS
He added: “I can’t do what MJ does. I can’t palm the ball. I wish. I can’t shoot the turnaround, pump-fake spin, half-spin fadeaway like Kobe. Or crossover like Kyrie. I can’t do it. But I can try it. I can do it in my version, do it in my way. It keeps me creative and my excitement level for the game.”
“Everybody that comes to my house, whether it’s friends or family, I make them watch Jordan highlights. This is equivalent to [Albert] Einstein…f–king [Ludwig van] Beethoven…or [Barack] Obama. This is the greatest talent and athletes and minds of the world.
“Just because they play sports, people think one way. But they’re masters, they’re geniuses. I just started realizing that a few years ago: Watching those guys can really spark my creativity.”
Durant said he also enjoys watching film of former Milwaukee Buck Sidney Moncrief and former New York Knicks Bernard King and Stephon Marbury.