Kenny Smith bold statement
As you see in the video kenny smith said kevin durant will be the best player in the nba in three years kevin's only 21 and will be 22 later in the year but charles said lebron will be. I want to know what yall guy's think abot his statement who will be the best player since kobe is getting older Lebron or durant or maybe somebody else?
Well its not that crazy like predicting John Bryant will go an a diet.... i think he could be better than Lebron, hes not quite the athlete but his skill set, with his length is scary.
He Could be,
But he needs to play better defense and get more assists,
i doubt if He will ever Bulk up and gain more Strength and Weight
but in 3 or 4 Years it will be LeBron VS Durant
I think he will be the best in 3 years. And I don't believe he necessarily to start getting a lot more assists also. Durant has a great up and coming point guard in Wetsbrook, Durant's job is to score, rebound and play good defense. He is a great scorer, good/improving rebounder, and has great potential on defense.
To me its not a bold statement at all. He acts as if he pulled a player out of the hat like Rudy Gay and said he will be the best player in 3 years. That would be bold. Or, John Wall will be the best point guard in 3, 4 years. Thats bold. Evan Turner will be a franchise player, thats bold. Saying Durant, who averaged 30 points per and is already moving into people's top 5's as a player, is going to be the best is not bold to me. Thats just stating the obvious. Durant is scary though because he can still get better and stronger. Also his ball handling can also be tightened, cause at his height, he doesn't make advanced moves with the ball, in terms of crossovers, in and outs, but its good enough, but not elite. So his upside is still crazy.
And honestly its always hard to say who is absolutely the best players cause there's always going to be debate no matter what. Kobe, Lebron, Wade, Melo, there's always arguments. Jordan is probably the only guy there was a consensus on during his hay.
As much as I dislike the man, LeBron is and will be the best player in the league for the next 10 years, and dont get me wrong, Durant is awesome and has turned himself into a superstar, but LeBron does everything durant can do, only better. But maybe durant developes his skill even more and surpasses LeBrick, I just dont see it happening.
More important than the statement was Chris Webber and Charles laughing at him, because what he said is wrong now and will be wrong in three years. LeBron James can shut down Durant. LeBron can play all five positions and do so at an All-Star level. When James said he can lead the league in scoring any year if he wanted to, he was right. Kevin Durant is a top ten player, but simply cannot be compared to LeBron. It is absurd.
"LeBron James can shut down Durant."
Who has LeBron "shut down" in the seven years he's been in the league? He's not a "shut down" defender. LeBron has been more of an opportunistic defender thus far in his career.
Durant will never have LeBron's strength/bulk and freak athleticism. He'll also never have his court vision or playmaking/passing ability. He'll never be the all-around player LeBron is, but I think he can be the better scorer. He shoots better (90% from the line, which is something LeBron can't even dream about) and already has a better in between game than LeBron right now. LeBron's in between game is average despite being in the NBA for seven seasons. His post game isn't great either despite his size/freak athleticism and being in the NBA for seven seasons. Durant gets to the free-throw line just as much, if not more than LeBron. He's a better rebounder. He's also going to be easier to surround players around because he doesn't have to dominate the ball to be effective.
I don't think Durant will pass him, but the statement isn't a mind blower.
yeah, its not a mind blowing statement or crazy to think that, but i dont see durant being the best. There are a few things about his game that i see holding him back. When you think of great perimiter players like Jordan, KObe, Lebron, wade and even tmac in his prime, they all had the ability to break their man down and still read the court and find the open man or read where the mismatch was. When durant goes one on one he pretty much just puts his head down and looks to score. Thats great for points but not so great for being the best possible player you can.
He's 21 years old. That'll come as he continues to watch game film and understand how teams are playing him. The one thing I like about Kobe is he can literally pick the defense a part, which is from all of the film study he does.
Durant is young and has a great work ethic. I have no doubt, he'll eventually start picking defenses a part and making the right passes. I've seen him do it a couple of times vs the Lakers.
Like I said...He'll never have that born court vision that LeBron has, but I do think he can be a guy who's able to make the right reads due to film studying and just knowing where the D is going to be and how they're going to play him.
"Who has LeBron "shut down" in the seven years he's been in the league? He's not a "shut down" defender. LeBron has been more of an opportunistic defender thus far in his career."
You really need to watch basketball. When Dwyane Wade was crushing Cleveland, he switched over and ended it. Rose was killing Cleveland the other night, LeBron switched over and did as well as anyone can. Your saying James isn't a lockdown defender is every bit as dumb as the people who thought Jordan wasn't one back in the day. Actually, it is worse because James isn't just great on the ball but covers so much ground so quickly that he is better than Jordan off it.
He shut Rose and Wade down like he shut Melo down earlier this season too, right?
Out of the five or so possessions he defended Rose in the 4th quarter, Rose scored twice and had a good look on another. LeBron is four or five inches taller and 45 pounds heavier, so he was able to deny Rose the ball. He didn't lock Rose up.
If you're saying LeBron is a lockdown on ball defender right now, then you're the one who needs to watch basketball. He's a great weakside/helpside defender, but he's not an elite defender on the ball.
LeBron is finally defending the other team's best player for the first time in seven seasons and you're calling him a "lockdown" defender.
And I guess he "shut down" Durant in the two games they played against each other this season when Durant averaged over 31 a game.
And you should be tarred and feathered for putting LeBron in the same category as MJ as a defender. Jordan was an elite/shut down defender by his third season in the league and had won a DPOY award.
Man Lebron isn't a lockdown defender. Last year against orlando, you would think he would've taken on the challenge of taking on Hedo or Lewis, but he wasn't even on any of them and they both were making plays, especially Hedo, off the dribble. And on many other occasions, Alston was gettin by him and making plays, which he had no business doing against Lebron. Lebron is an ok defender, as which many other ppl are in the league.
The way I look at it man, no one could really guard anyone and consistently shut them down in that League. Those guys are way too good. You might have a couple of possessions where you get some stops, but consistently, its hard to keep these elite players in check, and deny them from getting where they want. Especially with the defensive rules being what they are now as opposed to the '90s with my Knicks...
butler, in regards to my earlier comment about durant not reading defenses and setting up teammates as much as other great players, i think it is more then just an age or experience thing. Those other guys could play pg and get 10 assists a night if they wanted. They could be stars without even taking shots. Durant just doesnt have that element in my mind. He is a scorer. It's similar to what seperates carmelo from wade, the ability to handle the ball lke a pg and break defenses down and find the open man instead of just always being in attack mode.
I can see durant becoming the best though, thats just one thing i think will be a knock in his game in comparison with other great players. But if he can make up for it with other things he can absolutely become the best in this league.
Durant is definitely a scorer. He's not like Kobe, T-Mac, LeBron or Wade in regard to ball handling, playmaking, etc. Durant will never be that kind of player. He's always going to be primarily a scorer who basically looks to attack.
With the attention he's getting at such a young age, he's going to have to learn to make the right passes though. He has to. As he continues to study film and see how defenses are playing him, I think he'll improve. I've seen him make very good passes. I just think he can be a four-five assist player, which would be respectable.
if kevin durant can put on a little weight so that he can guard the 4 and (possibly?) the 5, he could be a very, very scary defender. I mean look at what he did to Kobe in the 4th quarter of game 3. Kobe went 2-10 and KD blocked Kobe's untouchable fadeaway with ease. AND 19 REBOUNDS? Seriously what would it take to overcome Lebron's 30 8 and 8(as a question)? maybe 35 12 and 4? I think thats a possiblity for durant in the future.....
"And I guess he "shut down" Durant in the two games they played against each other this season when Durant averaged over 31 a game."
Like I said, watch a game. Feel free to pop in a tape of those fourth quarters and tell me what you see. Take a look at how Durant was struggling to hit shots and turning the ball over while LeBron can get anything and everything he wants whenever he wants it. It amazes me how many supposed basketball fans are so dumb about the sport. It isn't difficult to see LeBron is far better than Durant if you just watch the game.
He's not better than Lebron and lets be honest he won't be in 3 years either.
Not just becaz they are different players.
Durant is a great player and improving but since when is Lebron slowing down he's been getting better as well.
Only thing he does better than Lebron is shoot the 3 and ft's better thats it.
Go back and look at what Lebron did against the Pistons in 2007, how he almost beat the Celtics in a tough 7 games series in 2008 the same Celtics team that destroyed the Lakers in 6, and the series he had against the Magic last year in the ECF.
If and when Durant accomplishes those types of feats in the playoffs you can mention him in the same sentence as Lebron. Til than he's not in his company regular season doesn't mean much when your talking about who's the best player in the game.
Right now Durant is shooting 38%, 25% on 3's with 4.5 turnovers and 2 asts a game in the 4 games against the Lakers.
Lebron is shootin 57.4%, 46% on 3's, 3.33 turnovers and 7 asts a game in the 3 games against the Bulls.
Being a better scorer which Durant was by .5 over Lebron doesn't make you the best in the game its more about your overall game. Lebron has shut down guys on D plenty of times becaz Carmello made some grt shots in an OT win against him is no knock on Lebron. How many guys can stop Carmello in this league?
Look at what Lebron did to Danny Granger this year in their head to head matchups he dominated him.
Durant also turns the ball over same as Lebron but Lebron averages about 6 asts more a game than him.
In case your wondering Durant shot 43% in the 2 games against the Cavs this year with 8 turnovers and 4 asts.
Lebron shot 52% in those 2 games against the Thunder with 2 turnovers and 10 asts.
The Cavs won both games as well.
Also the 2 games Lebron played against Artest & the Lakers this year he shot 50%, averaged 31.5 and 9 asts as the Cavs won both games too.
Because the world ending in 2012 anyways :P
But on a serious note I think Stan Van Gundy said it best...
"Trying to Win an MVP in this era with Lebron is like trying to win a championship in Michael Jordans era...you just to blame your parents for birthing you to early"
Lebrons such a talent which we are very fortunate to see and he whats most exciting is Lebron has been getting better every year. I don't think he can be stoped
Lebron is a douche though, and Durant seems like a cool dude. Minus me all day!
That word is being thrown around too much lately... It's starting to lose its meaning...
Westbrook and Durant work really well together too.....
ahh, the_shamwow_guy, The world is not gonna end in 2012. No one knows when it will end. No, not even the mayans or the inkas. Just because you saw it in a movie does not mean its true. Im taking points off just for thinking that.
I would love for this to happen. And its not that crazy of a prediction I actually like Durant better then Lebron. He is a humble superstar, and does not let all the hype go to his head. Lebron shows it sometimes but then he just does something stupid. (and so does Wade)And Kobe, well lets face it, that superstar is the most prideful person Ive ever seen. I hope Durant continues to act like a humble superstar.
Kenny Smith makes a great argument though when he says he's the better "physical specimen". Lets be honest LeBron relies so much on his athleticism that it overshadows the fact that no he is not the most skilled player in basketball. He's not that smart, isn't a good shooter, not the best defender as you guys mentioned before. So to say someone else could overtake him isn't outrageous at all. He's still young and can improve, but so can anyone else in the league.
maybe if westbrook was not there. Lebron is so good because when he has the ball in his hands he makes a lot of things happen. Because westbrook is so good at getting his own shot and making plays for others durant doesn't need to and it would be foolish to make him do that.
I'm sure if durant had the ball in his hands he could be better than lebron in a few years but you have to remember durant isn't the only one of these two that gets better every year.
@BothTeamsPlayedHard. Do you not read or do you just have trouble comprehending? Who said Durant was better than LeBron right now? The topic of the thread was if Durant could be better than LeBron in a few seasons. Once again, you're straying away from the debate at hand and twisting this into a conversation you're having with yourself in your own head.
"It amazes me how many supposed basketball fans are so dumb about the sport." - BothTeamsPlayedHard
That should be nominated for the Most Hypocritical Quote award, since before that you said that LeBron was in the same league as MJ as a defender, which is just as blatantly wrong as can be.
The thing with LeBron though is that when he has the ball in his hands his team loses...alot. How many times have we seen the end of cavs games were everyone just watches LeBron try to take over? He's not a good closer, and he doesn't get his team involved enough. We hear it every year, and every year his supporting cast gets better and better only to have the same end result.
That is ridiculous, Lebron is one of the best at getting his teammates involved, his supporting cast is just still not that good. And of course takes over in the 4th quarter, isn't that what a superstar is supposed to do? You speak as though he isn't leading his teams to wins.
Also why are people asking this question now? Lebron is completely outplaying Durant in every aspect and his team is winning. What else do you want from him?
Theirs the token excuse for LeBron. What more do you want him to have? Since when isn't Shaq, Mo, and Jameson enough? Thats not including the great role players he has on the bench in Varejoe, West, Big Z, and Parker. Their no Big Three, but they're not scrubs either.
Real closers end games, and when it comes down to the last second I don't think anyone here would have LeBron as their first option to take that game winning three. He has to put the game in his hands for them to win, and if he doesn't do it the Cavs loose. Thats what I was trying to say, not that he doesn't win just that when he tries going into superstar mode it's either really effective, or like I said before, his team mates watch for the final minutes.
And to answer your other question it's because this is Durants coming out party. Now everyone can see how good he really is, and its impressing tons of people. Once Kobe is done, you will hear the Durant LeBron comparisons. Who doesn't want to see a Cavs Thunder finals soon?
Lebron has one of the best supporting cast in the league, his team in built around him... In 2013 Lebron will be in the league for 10 years and he will be close to the dreaded 1,000 game mark.... I think Durant has a chance to be a better player but that depends on alot of factors...
ok lets be real. its not a bold statement but its also wrong. lebron is on a different level. he can score just as much as durant but can also rebound better and pass alot better as well as being a better defender. Durant is not gonna just become a great passer, you either are or youre not. the only think durant has on lebron is shooting and lebron gets better at that every year. Durant my guy and from my area and all but i gotta be honest about this one
Lebron will be destroying everyone while enjoying the prime of his career....
I love Durant and his game is awesome, but is there really any question of who the more complete player is and will be? Durant has the ability to score so easily, but that isn't all that matters. LeBron can score, pass, rebound, chase down blocks, etc. And for those of you who say he isn't clutch, what do you base this on? The fact that he hasn't won a ring yet? MJ didn't until year 7 either. Not only has LeBron been more clutch than people give him credit for, but he has single handedly carried his team on his back to victories. Game 5 2007 ECF: the Cavs had no business winning that series, they were severely overmatched as a team. LeBron single handedly won game 5. Game 2 2009 ECF: the Cavs didn't win the series, but his shot with 1 second left was a clutch shot if I've ever seen one. Nobody is more deadly protecting a lead in the last 5 minutes of a game than LeBron is. And he hasn't hit his prime yet. I'm not knocking Durant at all, and the way he is progressing he could end up a top 20 player all time. But in my opinion you can't put him in the same category as LeBron yet.
"@BothTeamsPlayedHard. Do you not read or do you just have trouble comprehending? Who said Durant was better than LeBron right now? The topic of the thread was if Durant could be better than LeBron in a few seasons. Once again, you're straying away from the debate at hand and twisting this into a conversation you're having with yourself in your own head.
"It amazes me how many supposed basketball fans are so dumb about the sport." - BothTeamsPlayedHard
That should be nominated for the Most Hypocritical Quote award, since before that you said that LeBron was in the same league as MJ as a defender, which is just as blatantly wrong as can be."
Nothing I have said is hypocritical or inaccurate, and my comprehension skills are far superior to yours. There is nothing Kevin Durant can do to put himself in the same category as LeBron James. To just watch them, they are physically incomparable beings. LeBron can do so many more things on the basketball floor than Kevin Durant, three years will not change a single thing. LeBron is 25, Durant is 21. In NBA terms, they are generational contemporaries. Their career and primes will overlap. The only thing Durant does better, or even has the capacity to do better than LeBron, is hit perimeter shots. That is it, the list ends there. And all one has to do is watch the two to know that three years is not going to make Durant a better creator than James, better rebounder, better defender, or better physical specimen than James. You, and people like you, want to make a foolish argument about the future and make the assumption what has and is happening has no bearing on what will. Sorry, it does. I don't think Kenny Smith or anyone should pander to the stupid by making "look at me" statements that make his colleagues laugh at him.
And I also want to congratulate you for saying LeBron is not in the same league defensively as Jordan and backing it up with absolutely nothing. Of course, that is because that statement has nothing with which to back it up.
Right, they are about even in the scoring department, and Lebron is literally better at every other aspect of the game. He is a complete player while Durant is not. I don't think that'll ever change.
@BothTeamsPlayedHard. You're one self-righteous person. You may know a little more about the game than most people on this site, but that doesn't mean everything that you post is right or above what anybody else posts. Everybody has their right to an opinion. Just because YOU disagree with their opinion, doesn't mean they're "supposed" basketball fans and are "dumb" about the sport.
The chances of Durant passing LeBron are unlikely, but it's not that big of a shocking statement. LeBron will always have better court vision and create better. Durant will never have the freak athleticism or bulk/strength. However, I think Durant can be a more complete and fundamentally sound offensive player. I also don't think they're that far apart rebounding wise. Defensively, Durant isn't getting the chase down blocks, but he's averaging the same amount of blocks that LeBron is. With his height and length, he can be a very effective defender on and off the ball. This is his third season and he's arleady making a committment to playing at that end of the floor.
And I want to congratulate you for saying that LeBron is in the same league as Jordan defensively and backing it up with absolutely nothing.