Fool’s Gold: Why Kevin Durant Is the Next Tracy McGrady

April 9th, 2011 by Kwame Fisher-Jones Leave a reply »
“We’ve got a ways to go here. So put away the anointing oil, okay?” - Bill Parcells

The comparisons between Kevin Durant and Tracy McGrady are eerie and virtually impossible to ignore.

Close your eyes and journey back to the 2002–2003 NBA season. McGrady was the “it” player, averaging 32 PPG and leading the Orlando Magic to the playoffs. There were articles written and ESPN stories published debating who was the better player, Kobe Bryant or Tracy McGrady, despite McGrady having yet to accomplish anything but win a scoring title.

McGrady was awkwardly long and struggled to defend. He was too long and gangly to cover bigger forwards yet too tall to cover smaller forwards. His physical attributes were a gift on the offensive end of the floor but a curse on the defensive side.

Kevin Durant also stands awkwardly tall and looks like he could stand to hit a couple of buffet spots. Aside from their stature the two score exactly the same way.

Before the onslaught of insults commence here is a scouting report for one of the two players:

“Simply dominant, the type of player who can p ...

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