Head to Head: Carmelo Anthony vs. Kevin Durant

June 19th, 2010 by Naim Kalaji Leave a reply »
Today’s head-to-head battle compares two of the top small-forwards in the NBA today: Denver star Carmelo Anthony, and Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant.

Below are the seven criteria used to compare the two players. The player with an advantage in the majority of the seven categories will win the head-to-head.

1. Scoring 2. Mid-range and three-point shooting 3. Rebounding 4. Defense 5. Strength 6. Speed and agility 7. Clutch


Carmelo Anthony is a prime-time scorer. Despite cooling down as the regular season went on, Anthony still managed to average a terrific 28.2 PPG. Carmelo can score the ball in so many ways. Fifteen foot pull-up jump shot? Not a problem. He can also hit the three-pointer.

In addition, Anthony is able to use his bull-size frame to post-up smaller defenders, and therefore is able to score a lot of points near the basket.

When you win the 2010 NBA scoring title, surely that means you’re the best scorer. Obviously. That’s exactly what Kevin Durant did, averaging 30.1 PPG, outpacing LeBron James towards the end of the season.

Durant has ...

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