Kevin Durant’s Path to Greatness Won’t Follow the LeBron James Blueprint

September 30th, 2014 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

We can't be sure Kevin Durant will ever reach the NBA's promised land by winning a title. But if he does, we can be certain he'll do it his own way—and not by emulating LeBron James.

So often, we catch ourselves comparing Durant to James, probably because they sit 1-2 (or perhaps 1-1a) in the NBA's superstar hierarchy. It's a shared status that makes KD proud, per an interview with USA Today's Sam Amick:

I put in the work. And being the best player (in the NBA) is (now) a conversation. If you go out today and say, 'KD is the best player in the world,' that's a conversation. That's not the tell-all, be-all. So when people say, 'Oh, he might have been MVP, but he's not the best player in the world.' Well, I can argue it. We can all argue it.

Perhaps because their only peers are each other, we assume Durant's path to greatness will somehow resemble James'. We look for similarities, for common threads. We see Durant's possible free agency in 2016 and start appropriating elements of James' Cleveland homecoming onto Durant's unwritten story, wondering what it would be like if KD also returned to his roots ...

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