Why Kevin Durant is Not The Next Michael Jordan

July 17th, 2010 by Erik Landau Leave a reply »
That's right, Kevin Durant the 6'9'', 230 pound small forward from the University of Texas is not and will not be the next Michael Jordan.

There are many ways we could differentiate the two, but I would say that Durant's style of play is strikingly more similar to a Larry Bird comparison than a Jordan one.

Durant, former Sonics Rookie of the Year can fly through the air, but he also possesses a shooting touch that rivals Reggie Miller's—or even Larry Bird's. At only 230 pounds on a 6'9'' frame, he continues to get stronger, which actually makes him similar to Michael Jordan. Especially in their desires to hit the weight room to minimize the effects of a grueling 82-game season. Yet, Durant's personality is, for the most part, too laid back too truly resemble Jordan.

In the heat of the moment, Durant can shout or let loose physically in a release of pure emotion. Don't be fooled though, Durant won't trash talk like Michael; he lets his play speak for itself.

Therein lies one of the major differences between Durant and Jordan. Michael fed off the criticism or the trash-talking of another player, much like Reggie Miller, who also e ...

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