Kevin Durant Says Andrew Wiggins Can Become a Hall of Famer

by November 15, 2013

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.”