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Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 at 1:40 pm  |  35 responses

NBA GMs Love Kevin Durant

Results from the annual survey of NBA general managers are in, and they say KD is the player they’d want to build a franchise around the most. From NBA.com: “While every other franchise had to be envious of Miami’s free agency haul, Oklahoma City has the guy that the top basketball minds want most. A few weeks after Durant returned from Istanbul, more than half of league’s GMs said that he was the guy that they would want to start a franchise. Durant is 22 years old now. Howard turns 25 in early December and James turns 26 a few weeks after that. Dwyane Wade, who received a vote this season, is 28. Bryant, who is still earning votes on the franchise question, is 32. But clearly, the votes for Durant were about more than just age. They were also about his skill, his work ethic, his competitiveness, and the potential for him to be one of the greatest scorers in NBA history.”

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  • snasty10

    toats mcgoats

  • lei01

    First!!!

  • Sizzle

    I bet this is a perceived “shot” at LeBron (atleast that is what the media would have you believe) as well as the comments made by Kobe. The media and nba gms are still angry at the spectacle of the Decision and the fact that he didn’t join one of their teams. If you would ask any GM would they rather win now vs win later, it would obviously be win now. LeBron gives them that opportunity now, maybe Durant will in a few years. Let the bashing begin.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I bet the GMs that got spurned by Lebron voted for Durant.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Or maybe they didn’t vote for Lebron because they know if you build a team around him he will destroy it and stab you in the back.

  • JTaylor21

    This is the same GMs that gave AHouston, JJohnson, and numerous other non-deserving overrated players massive contracts then turnaround and bi*ch about having no money, right. These morons only see talent when they look in the mirror.

  • http://sdklff.com Jukai

    I’d rather have Lebron but hey, I get it, four more years with Durant at a high level.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Congrats Durantula! aka deoDURANT! LOL

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7wsrCauIvU Witness

    click my name! yall aint down!

  • slick ric

    I don’t blame them he is 22 and James is 26 I thought he was turning 25, anyway 4 years is a huge difference. You can be optimistic off of an finals appearance,and next thing you know your’e taking your talents to south beach.

  • http://twitter.com/malunewyorker Jer Boi

    Damn Wades only 4 years younger than Kobe?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    I just noticed, Durant got votes for Best SG, Best SF and Best PF in the NBA.

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    They also picked Durant as the MVP favorite. Personally I think LBJ and Wade will be out of the running for MVP for the next six years barring a 70 win season or trip-dub average. So Durant is the obvious choice. However, OKC’s expectations are huge this season and if they end up around the same amount of wins and Westbrook has an expanded role I expect Durant to walk away from the MVP race empty handed. I think this season could turn out to be Kobe’s 2nd as leage MVP and wouldn’t be shocked if Deron Williams, Howard or CP3 take home the hardware.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    He got votes for best coach and best NFL quarterback too. The guy is just awesome I suppose.

  • andreanglais

    Well, holding the vote two weeks after Turkey didn’t hurt KD’s shine at all. I mean, what sort of question is this, anyhow? God, the season needs to start soon…

  • CONEY ISLANDER

    KOBE HAS A DECADE ON KD?! DURANTULA IS GONNA BE THAT NEXT MJ FOR SURE NOW! LOL, THE HEAT ARE GONNA BE THE NEW SHOWTIME LAKERS THAT HE BEATS TO GET HIS FIRST RING!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Mojtaba Reza

    I think KD could definitely win the MVP award this year even though Kobe is still the best player in the league and would definitely beat Lebron in a one on one. Anyway I think when they mean build the franchise around someone, they mean when that person would be like really young ofcourse Durant is but I guess that they mean who would you take if they were all like 18 years old or something like that. Anyway getting anyone of these guys would be awesome for any franchise and also I think Lebron did what he had to do and if he thought that an hour show was needed to express that then by all means he has the right…. so I say to the haters and not only lebron haters bye bye

  • http://google c_cantrell

    durant should win the mvp this year unless bryant has a career year (i thinks hes prolly out of those lol) or the lakers win 67 or more games which is possible but not likely

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I understand why people would pick Kevin Durant, but I would take Dwight Howard or Lebron James over KD right now to build a team around for the future. Kobe is to old to build a team to be around for the next 10 years. But if for the next 3 to 4 years. I would take Kobe over everyone. BOOK IT!!!

  • The Philosopher

    GMs love Durant?
    I think it is safe to say that almost all of us love KD.
    His game, anyway.
    Do not know him as a person.

  • Groves@UWA

    build around Iverson, Marbury or antoine walker, its the shrewd investment of the future /s….

    seriously though, i dont hate these guys…. i would build around Dwight, LeBron, Wade, Cp3, Kevin, Rondo, Tyreke, or D-rose in that order

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Durant’s humbleness makes me sick to my stomach. smh

  • LD

    “I think so, at times. There’s always a race factor.” – LeBon James

  • Jacob (from Australia)

    But then they say LeBron is still the best small forward? And Durant gets votes in SG and PF? Man, GMs really don’t know what’s going on do they?

  • Johnny rooks

    kd is a bum 6,11 225 pounds and cant even bench 185 sad. Lebron,melo,dwade,kobe are the truth

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    My 2 cents, the reason GM’s would most like to build around Durant is because building around a type of player like him is most easy to imitate. Recently NBA titles have been won by scoring heavy player, Jordan, Kobe, Shaq, Wade…so the blueprint is there. For a guy like LeBron to build a team from scratch there is what 4 examples in history (Bucks with Oscar, Knicks with Walt, Celtics with Bird, Lakers with Magic even though they had Kareem first, after year one it was strictly built around Magic..for 4 more titles) to try and emulate? and the last player of his skillset to win a title was magic, that was 23 years ago. So essentially they weren’t voting on which player is better, but who would be easier build a winner with.

  • JoeMaMa

    Kevin Durant is an absolute joy to watch. He’s a great player and a good choice….and he’s only going to get better. The only thing keeping him from averaging 35+ppg is that he wants to play the team game, because at his height, with his skills, he’s unstoppable. LeBron, Carmelo, Kobe, and KD make the game fun.

  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com hoopistani

    this is not really a surprise – because no GM wants to build around a guy who’s gonna dump your team on national tv… hehe…

  • http://Slamonline.com Niyasofresh

    Kevin Durant doesn’t have the muscle or strength LeBron has but we’re talking about a player you’d like to build around for longevity purposes. Not immediately focusing on his size and athletic ability is what’s going to work to his advantage in the future. As a young guy he’s going to be quicker, and be able to get up and block shots anyway but being that he is a tall lanky guy he’s focusing more on his jump shots, perimeter game, and ability to create more fundamentals for his portfolio of basketball. So as he ages and loses his athletic ability his second options which is hos pure shooting will already be there and he’ll already ace it. Lebron like Vince Carter, who’s athleticism faded as they got older, if he doesn’t develop as a perimeter player will be just that a athletic player, so in other words they’re right taking Durant over LBJ, besides what he’s doing now he’s doing it awfully quick.

  • T-Money

    JoeMaMa: I don’t know what you’re talking about, scoring is the only thing on his mind. He averages more TOs than assits. / nbk: I think you could qualify LeBron as a scoring heavy player no? I mean, no one scored more than him besides KD last year. The LBJ/Magic comparisons are cute but flawed. They’re both truly unique players and we draw parallels because we NEED to make comparisons. Bron is NOT a point guard, he’s a playmaker, a creator. He doesn’t think like a 1 and doesn’t look to set his guys up before getting his. He attacks, attacks, attacks and tries to creat the best opportunity for his team to score. Magic would never try to get 20 in the 1st quarter even if he had the hot hand or some sh!t like that. / And the blueprint for winning NBA titles is having a boatload of talent.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    T-Money LeBron wants to pass first. He HAD to shoot in Cleveland and be a player he wasn’t. And obviously the simple blueprint is a boatload of talent, but you don’t find that in a craig’s list ad. So substituting shooters and defensive players in where you can’t get “boatloads of talent” is the key. And a scoring heavy player (a guy who’s main focus, job, and skillset are geared for scoring) is the first step to most post 1990 championship teams.

  • T-Money

    nbk: LeBron is not pass first. He passes a lot, a lot more than most scorers. That’s a very important nuance. He doesn’t come into games trying to set up guys. His scoring is not as magnified as, say, KD’s or Melo’s because he does so much more out there but their scoring averages and shot attempts are identical. But beyond that, your theory is still flawed. Would you consider Tim Duncan a “scoring heavy” player? That’s already 4 championships right there. You need a transcendant supertar that can elevate the level of play of his teammates by feeding them or even by sheer osmosis (à la Kobe or MJ, they don’t have set playmaking duties but their presence only renders the game easier for other, less talented teammates). That’s the only reason KD is not yet in the 1st tier with Kobe, Bron and D-Wade. He doesn’t make the game easier for his teammates (again, yet).

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Look at LeBron’s shots attempted per minute or possession or whatever you want when he is not playng with cleveland. He is a pass first, team player. Just like Magic was, except he is a better scorer. And i didn’t say having a score heavy player is the ONLY way to win titles. I said it is the most frequent, and easiest to emulate. Your argument is all over the place BTW, you said james is a score heavy player, that isn’t a point guard but IS a playmaker? position is not whats important, and a “playmaker” generally refers to someone setting their team up first, not themselves. If you want more proof LeBron doesn’t care about scoring read the Chris Broussard article titled “The Heat are LeBron’s team now.” And about your making your teammates better statement, there is only one player that has ever made his teammates better through “osmosis” and that was Michael Jordan. Kobe does not elevate the level of anyone, look at everyone’s pre-kobe vs with-kobe stats. He is just a great player playing with other very good players.

  • T-Money

    i don’t understand your first sentence, are you making a prediction? your theory does not interest me very much, I don’t think it carries any weight but we can happily disagree on this. there is no contradiction in saying that bron is a “score heavy” player AND a playmaker who doesn’t play the point. a playmaker doesn’t refer to someone setting up their team up first at all. it’s someone that creates for himself and others with the ball in his hands. brandon roy, d-wade, lebron, kobe, joe johnson are all playmakers.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    then every player in the league is a “playmaker.” considering at somepoint or another everyone creates from themselves and others. My first sentence refers to mainly olympic games, and all star games as of right now. so in a sense yes its a prediction. one you have clear evidence of, considering the talent surrounding him in miami is now comparable to a truly talented team, unlike the bottom feeder cavs

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