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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 at 1:00 pm  |  58 responses

Iguodala: ‘Kevin Durant Will Be NBA’s All-Time Leading Scorer’

KD’s Team USA teammate, Andre Iguodala, has high expectations for him, to say the least. From CSN Philly: “Kevin Durant is USA’s leading scorer so far, averaging 21 points per game. This past NBA season, the Thunder’s superstar led the league in scoring, averaging 30.1 points. And Andre Iguodala insists it was no fluke. ‘Kevin Durant will be the NBA’s all-time leading scorer when it’s all said and done,’ Iguodala said emphatically. ‘He loves the game and has a knack for putting the ball in the basket.’ Through three NBA seasons Durant is 33 points shy of 6,000 for his career. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the league’s all-time leader with 38,387 points. Karl Malone is second with 36,928 points, and Michael Jordan is third with 32,292.”

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  • Overtime

    His scoring average could be up there, total points though, im not too sure tho

  • http://www.kwapt.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    @Iggy: No s#it Sherlock.

  • KoBynum716

    I wouldn’t be surprised. The guy can score from anywhere, and he’s only 21.

  • Shem

    If Durant averages 30 for another 16 seasons, he’ll be right around 38 000 I believe. To say this 3 years into his career is stupid to say the least. KD is easily my 2nd favorite SF in the game behind Bill Walker but he’ll have injuries throughout his career.

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    Since he has 6k now, and averages 30 a season for another say 8 years, that will be almost 27k points if he plays about 5 playoff games per year. he will be 29 and has 27k points. still 11k points short. but if he plays 15 playoff games a year he will be close to 30k. averages 20 for another 8 years makes him 37 years old. That’s total about 42-43k points even if he doesn’t play in the playoffs. it’s doable but thats assuming no injuries and he wants to play to 37.

  • Drew

    @JL – You do know that playoff points are counted separately from regular season points right?

  • Nigel

    I love Iggy. I love KD. I just don’t see a way this happens though.

  • tavoris

    ya’ll realize that he’s a half-decade from even hitting his prime? He can definitely do it if he avoids any major injury.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Drew: But don’t playoffs count as CAREER points…?

  • Ryan D

    30 ppg X 82 games = 2,460 points per season

    2,460 points per season X 16 seasons = 39,360 points career.

    THATS ALOT OF BUCKETS!!

  • Nick The Quick

    Bill Walker…wow!

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    agreed with @overtime…thats a toughy to break, his averages will be sky high..

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    Barring injury I can see this as a possibility…he’s skilled enough to play at a high level beyond his peak athletic years like Kobe does right now.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    i don’t think people realize how untouchable that record is. kareem played for a looooong time at a high level. malone played for years, hardly ever missed games and was merely close. i respect durant a lot, but there’s a reason the names at the top of that list are big guys (jordan excepted). longer shelf life, easier to contribute in the twilight of your career.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    lol @NickTheQuick folks have they preferences….Master P said Rashad McCants is the best 2-guard in the league in an interview I saw not long ago…lol

  • Dan

    yo…. Durant IS a big guy! Sure he’s skinny as hell now… but he’s only 21, and he looks more muscular in the Worlds than he did last season… all the NBA writers/analysts say he’s closer to 7′ than his listed 6’9″. With that shooting stroke… Durantula, if he stays healthy, could probably average 25ppg until he’s 45. Now, saying he’s gonna take the all-time scoring record when he’s still 21 is ridiculous, but I’d say he’s got more POTENTIAL to take it on than anyone else in the league right now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Well it’s certainly doable. I just hope it does.

  • JTaylor21

    Nobody has ever dropped 25-30 ppg in their late 30s (37-39) so there’s no way in hell that KD avgs. 25 or 30 in his late 30s. Even greats like MJ and Kareem couldn’t do it (K.Malone avg. 25 ppg when he was 36) what makes you clowns think that KD could. Get REAL people.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    no playoff totals do not go towards career points

  • tavoris

    Kevin Durant might just do it you never know…records are meant to be broken after all but one things for sure i see him getting a ring pretty soon

  • Saleem

    @ 4th poster: the fact that u just said Bill Walker was ur favourite player vetoes ur opinion for me… LOL

  • Exile

    Maybe. Very unlikely, but possible.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    i like how people break it down mathematically. that was my first instinct too. if he averages 30 points a game for 80 games a season, it’ll take him 13 more seasons to get to the Captain’s level, which by then he’ll be 34, so it’s possible. but he’ll have to invest a lot in conditioning to be able to play that much, especially since he’s gonna start getting deep into the playoffs.

  • total scrotal implosion

    I thinkhe gonna do it. He will have a few seasons where he will avg 33-35ppg. Very possible

  • dsleepy21

    i like his chances, but only if he develops a post game at some point in his career, preferably late or mid-to-late 20s. You look at the top 3 he’s chasing, they all had post games. And once his athleticism starts to decline in his 30s he will need an efficient way of getting points, a la mj. i love kd the sky is the limit for this kid!

  • xplore

    GOOD CHANCES OF THAT HAPPENING. but the nba is getting better and better with players and nba knows how to play defense. he’s got the height and the skill.

  • unrel

    he has a real shot.. but i don’t know.. imagine if cap’ didn’t take the back seat during the showtime era.. he’d have a lot more points than what he’s got now..

  • D12FSU

    needs to play 76-82 games a year..never average less than 28…and play until hes at least 38

  • Pancho

    You guys have to consider that he averaged 30 at age 21, that means that he has the potential to average 35+ for 5 seasons or more during his 20s.
    He can DEFINITELY pull this off

  • Mo

    If KD plans on winning any championships, that scoring average is gonna have to come down a little bit. Its easy now because he’s playing with Westbrook and Green and he can pretty much take most of the shots. But what happens when he finally plays with another star player? That average is coming down a little bit. Westbrook & Green are really nice players but neither player will be the “star” player he’ll need to get over that championship “hump.”

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    Pancho: As long as his team isn’t a contender….

  • SpaceJam

    KD is an unbelievable talent but he won’t do it. The scoring average will be wayyy up but he can’t consistently be the man for another 15-18 years. Someone new with just as much talent and 15 years more athletic ability will come up. It’s not realistic

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    Wouldn’t surprise me if he did.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    Yeah he’ll average like 29 for his career, but I don’t see him scoring more points then Kareem

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  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Black Rick Kamla: Oh… Well thanks for clarifying then, lol. That seems really odd though. How the f*ck did Kareem do that without playoff points added in?!

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    IF he stays healthy and ages well, then he has the talent to challenge Kareem’s record. However it’s unlikely. To be that productive over so many years is a difficult feat, Kareem and Malone had the benefit of being post players who could rely on size and strength more than athletic ability and talent. KD doesn’t have that advantage. So KD will have to perform and score more like a Jordan+ and that doesn’t seem likely. But, nobody would have said that Jordan would be ‘MJ’ after his 3rd season, so anythings possible.

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    Kareem didn’t average anywhere near 30ppg after his 6th season, so this is very very possible.

    Book it.

  • NicktheQuick

    Totally off-topic but if Bill Walker was featured in a team’s offense like KD is, could he avg 20ppg or even 15ppg against premier nba defenders and double/triple teams?

  • JTaylor21

    NicktheQuick, FU*K NO. Walker doesn’t have enough skills or athleticism (which was robbed from him by numerous knee injuries) to avg 15ppg let alone 20ppg being guarded one on one in any kind of offense.

  • Overtime

    What is annoying is if he never comes close, and maybe doesnt even get onto top ten scorers, some idiots would call him a bust.
    @ Mo, very good point, the Thunder will need a low post scorer etc soon enough, and Westbrook and Green arent exactly slouches.
    So sure he could average 28-30 for the next 7 years, but he probably shouldnt

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    @Overtime – I don’t think we’ll be calling KD a bust…he’s leading both the NBA in scoring last year and the US national team in scoring this year. Kid’s doing alright..

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    KD will not touch Kareems record: Kareems rookie season, averaged 43.1 mins a game, 28.8 ppg started ZERO GAMES… and then it only gets amazing from there… he AVEREGES 42.5 mins a game for the first 7 yrs of his NBA career. Where KD has less than 6,000 points through 3 seasons Kareem had 7779 total points after 3 season. Kevin is already 1449 pts behind him…. Kareem also featured in 18 ALLSTAR GAMES….O_o

    During Kareems 17th SEASON, he averaged 23.4 ppg and except for one yr where he only played 65 games he was playing 74-82 games…. THE ONE THING that KD might be able to work with is the 3pt game…. Capt’n went 1-18 for his career from deep.

    This will be one tall order. But is this what you expect Kevin to chase? I’m sure he’s more interested in just playing and winning and letting the chips fall where they may…

  • JTaylor21

    Dacre is right, people don’t understand how consistently great Kareem was for him to have the scoring record. KD basically has to play at a very HIGH level for almost 2 DECADES, great player and all but that’s VERY unlikely.

  • Feez22

    We expect durant to basically be am ironman play 80 games a season and score 30+ppg forever… Yes he’s 21 but it’s just riiculous to think this way. Yes durant is ridiculoussly efficient for a 21 yr old. But an injury can end all of this lol. Everything will have to go perfectly to challenge this record. I can pretty much bet on it that durant with his lanky frame will get injured and this conversation will seem comical by the end. That’s all.

  • ConeyIslander

    CHURCH!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I’m glad we got this sorted out…. now we just got to convince Rudy Fernandez that he’s not going to be starting on any team in the League.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    JTaylor: Sorry but you’re wrong about Bill Walker. I’ve seen him play a lot last season for the Knicks and his skills are actually very sharp. He’s got a wet 3 pointer right now, believe it or not, and when he was given ample playing time it was NOT uncommon for him to drop 20 easily.
    So my answer to NicktheQuick: Yes.

  • total scrotal implosion

    Ted dong is overstating it, but walker isnt a total scrub

  • T-Money

    Possible but unlikely. KD has the talent to put up 35 a game if he guns for it but that would mean that OKC is not progressing. For the Thunder to get to the next level, Westbrook would prolly have to score in the low 20s and someone else would have to get around 15 a game. Otherwise, the offense gets too predictable and easy to stop in the playoffs. Notice that most great scorers had their best scoring years when their team wasnt really good?

  • kc

    if lbj played the last few games of last season, then he would be the scoring champion. let’s not forget he was the no. 1 until the cavs decided to rest him in preparation for the playoffs. kd is a natural big-time scorer but with lbj with him out there, i think the highest spot he could achieve is just no. 2, behind lbj.

  • Hum

    LBJ > KD

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    Does anyone here think Durant could possibly average 40 if he keeps his speed and quickness and gains 30 pounds!É

  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    There’s no evidence that KD will be anything more than the next Alex English or George Gervin. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, people. He’s one coaching change away from averaging 22ppg for the next seven years, okay?

  • tavoris

    Durant gets 10 points a game at the free throw line ALREADY. He’ll get that (or more) for roughly another 12-13 year easily. That totally negates his not being a post player.

  • JD

    Doubt it. Kareem played for years and years and his game was less reliant on Athleticsm than Durant, this guy will be high up the list, but cant see him making the top

  • The Philosopher

    It’s possible.
    Very possible.
    If he doesn’t get hurt, and his teams predicate their offenses around him scoring 30ppg, than he can do it with his skill set.
    Is it likely to happen?
    Well………..

  • http://kpmg.com Pukie

    All ya ha KD haters can say wateva u wanna.all dat matters is dat he is the league best scorrer n I kno dat sucks sum of u up!!!!!

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