So what do you do when you are home sick on the couch nestled by the fireplace on a spectacularly beautiful Pacific Northwest Saturday morning? I guess if you’re like me (and hopefully your not—sick that is) you start churning through hoop stats and see what shakes loose.
I thought I would look at where our newest All-Star rates among his peers in various statistical categories. Now that KD is having the kind of season that we all knew he was capable of, his true “peers” have become a very elite and small group of ballers. For this article I wanted to truly narrow down who I compared him with to give a really fair snapshot of Kevin Durant’s greatness on the court. It makes no sense to compare him with Dwight Howard, who indeed is a peer, but has a totally different kind of game. Likewise to compare KD to Steve Nash also would be superfluous. No, I want to compare KD to the guys who’s game is somewhat similar to his. I am looking for guys who are wings, yet have that sort of inside/outside game. Guys that bomb away, yet get into the paint. Guys that will do a little bit of everything well, and are either THE LEADER on their team or at least nearly so.
So my criteria is that above, but also that they a) have appeared in 40 games or more b) play nightly minutes of 32 minutes or more c) have a PER of at least 17 (well above league average) and have a usage % of at least 20. You get a high usage % by using possessions, either shooting, assisting others or turning the ball over-essentially ending a possession one way or another. The list of players that qualify is 42, but few of them are useful for my purposes. I will undoubtedly throw in a few names for context or when something interesting stands out.
With that said, how does KD compare with the best of the best in the NBA today along a variety of statistical measures: Keep Reading…