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Friday, November 15th, 2013 at 11:15 am  |  29 responses

Kevin Durant Says Andrew Wiggins Can Become a Hall of Famer


Like everyone else in the hoops world this week, Kevin Durant was glued to his TV and riveted by the Andrew Wiggins/Jabari Parker showdown. Durant loves both kids’ games, and thinks Wiggins — who has tried to deflect comparisons to superstars like Durant — has an extremely high ceiling once he makes it to the NBA. Per Yahoo! Sports: “He’s raw, but his ceiling is high. He can be like a Hall of Famer, All-Star, for sure. He’s good,’ said Durant before the Thunder’s loss to the Golden State Warriors. Durant said he watched closely on television as Wiggins and Kansas defeated Duke on Tuesday night. Duke features another talented true freshman forward in Jabari Parker, whom Durant also thinks highly of after working with him at his basketball camp last summer. Some NBA general managers and scouts aren’t convinced Wiggins is the clear No. 1 overall pick, with Parker, Kentucky freshman forward Julius Randle, Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart and Australian guard Dante Exum in the running. ‘That [Parker] kid is amazing,’ Durant said. ‘I think he is the best player in the country. Him and Wiggins are like ’1A’ and ’1B.’ Those guys are going to do the one-and-done thing, do it early. They are going to do really well in college and lead their teams to, I think, the Final Four. That’s kind of like, ‘Close your eyes and pick one.’ You’re good with either one of those guys. I love Jabari’s game. He’s so skilled. He has it all right now. Wiggins is on another level with God-given ability. You look at him, you can tell he’s going to be really big and fill out a lot. He’s really athletic.’ Durant said the next generation of basketball players are ahead of the curve in large part because of technology.”

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  • Castrovi

    I would draft Parker before Wiggins.

  • D

    Parker looked more polished and ready to play in the league now , but Wiggins held his own and he still put up decent numbers and his potential is ridiculous where I think parker might be very close to his ceiling . Randle looked beast too selden and embiid and hood all looked nice . I want to see aaron gordon play for arizona he’s some serious talent too , gonna be a very good year next year

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i would not make a decision on who’s going to be a better pro in November of their freshman seasons. that’s what i would do.

  • spit hot fiyah

    what if the draft was tomorrow?

  • bike

    “Durant said the next generation of basketball players are ahead of the curve in large part because of technology”.
    .
    It would be interesting if he would…err…elaborate a little bit on that.

  • spit hot fiyah

    “You can basically go to [search] your favorite player and watch
    film,” Durant said. “You can go on YouTube and type in ‘LeBron James’
    and watch every move he does, break it down and work on it. It’s simple.
    When I was coming up you had to figure it out. I’m seeing [young] guys
    shooting fade-away and Euro-step floaters.

    “Where are they getting this stuff? They’re just watching these guys
    thoroughly [on video] and breaking it down. Some of these kids have
    access to going to my camp, or LeBron’s camp or D-Wade’s [Dwyane Wade's
    camp], getting 1-on-1 instruction. It’s amazing. The game is growing.”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well then i just pick Jahlil Okafor because the rules have been abolished :)

  • spit hot fiyah

    nice, i didn’t think about that.

    ok, out of all the college players and exum, who would you pick?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i know this is like the one thing you never say basketball wise, but it would depend on the team picking. Definitely between Parker and Wiggins, i’m not a big fan of Randle becoming a game changing force in the NBA. and i haven’t seen enough Exum to make an argument for him.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i wish the “old heads” saw this about the game. i’ve had multiple, “players are less skilled nowadays” arguments over the last couple weeks.

  • spit hot fiyah

    ok, thanks for not playing :)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    hahah you know i don’t like guessing

  • spit hot fiyah

    player are more skilled, the game is evolving thanks to the players evolving. i doubt that i would have been any better if i had youtube growing up though

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i bet you would have, if you had youtube, and recognized what about your game you needed to learn to improve. i would have loved to have youtube or the internet like it is today with analytics and scouting, would have helped a lot more than just trying to learn from coaches/resources directly available to me wherever i’m playing.
    .
    plus, with the internet you have a wealth of perspectives to learn from, so say a coach isn’t really getting his message across, a player has the chance to learn that same message translated in a different way by studying online.

  • spit hot fiyah

    in my defense i destroyed my vcr by watching basketball in the early and mid 90′s.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i literally had a VCR that had the 1995 all star game stuck in it. could only watch that one tape.
    .
    so technically, my broken VCR was permanently perfect.

  • D

    I agree in a way , but these kids are learning advanced moves from the internet and are lacking in basic fundamentals

  • spit hot fiyah

    95 was phoenix?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    which fundamentals is that?
    .
    shooting is better than ever at the NBA level.
    Turnovers are lower than ever at the NBA level.
    Fouling is lower than ever at the NBA level.
    .
    you mean post game wise? i’d agree there….because bigs are learning guard fundamentals instead (and they shouldn’t be).

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yessir, that ws the Glenn Rice season. it wasn’t actually that good of an All Star game, but it’s better than having like The Lion King permanently stuck in there

  • spit hot fiyah

    wasn’t 95 when richmond won mvp in the cactus jersey?

    i think i might still have that game here somewhere.

    i definitely have 94, pippen and his red shoes and the first ever rookie game

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Ahh yeah, my bad, lol 96 was Glenn Rice. I always mix those two MVP’s up

  • D

    Yes big’s for sure should not be handling the ball like a guard , and it’s either one or the other a shooter or a slasher , you don’t see too many slashers that have developed a jump shot , it’s usually a 2 or 3 year wait after going pro , also the amount of coaching and camps available it doesn’t make sense to only have one skill set , but then again it’s always been that way

  • bike

    I hadn’t really looked at it that way but I could see how it would help. But the real revolution seems to be more related to athletic ability which enhances the basic skill set. Kids now days – especially those identified at an early age with high potential – are getting exposed to the latest advances in weight training, conditioning, nutrition, and skills instruction that were unheard of 20-30 years ago. Plus, they now play basketball year-round. And all this is happening at earlier and earlier ages. Parents know that if they think their kid has a chance at a scholarship or even the pros, they have to get access to the best camps, coaches, and schools just to stay even with the competition.
    .
    The reason the scouts drool over Wiggins is they see an athletic specimen who can run the floor and jump out of the gym. Better than anyone else in his age class. And he is skilled basketball wise. But the premium is athletic ability.

  • D

    Ya athleticism is the difference today but why can these guys run the court in .2 seconds and jump over the rim but can’t keep up with there man on defense

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    shooter or slasher? sort of, it seems more along the lines of – slasher/defender or slasher/shooter wouldn’t you say?

  • retrobat

    Ok, I hear you guys on Wiggin’s athletic ability and how everyone’s salivating over it, but what of busts like Jeremy Evans? I was going to mention Gerald Green as well, but he’s actually a decent player, however not a game-changer.

  • Caboose

    Woah woah, no talking sh!t about Lion King. That’s a good film.

  • 2chainz
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