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Kevin Durant’s Rank Among Small Forwards All-Time

The Phoenix Suns have one of the greatest players to ever play this game on their roster in Kevin Durant. Durant has put up incredible stats throughout his entire career. So far in his career, Durant is averaging 27.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. He has put up these numbers while also being wildly efficient, shooting 49.9% from the field and 38% from three point range.

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Durant is a regular season Most Valuable Player, two time Finals MVP, four time scoring champion, and 10 time member of the All-NBA team, among his many accolades. He has been listed as a power forward for the last two seasons but will historically go down as a small forward. Where does Kevin Durant rank among the best small forwards of all-time?

Top Ten Small Forwards of All-Time

  1. LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers
  2. Larry Bird – Boston Celtics
  3. Kevin Durant – Seattle Super Sonics/Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets, Phoenix Sun
  4. Julius Erving – Virginia Squires (ABA), New York Nets (ABA), Philadelphia 76ers
  5. Scottie Pippen – Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Portland Trailblazers
  6. Elgin Baylor – Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers
  7. Kawhi Leonard – San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Clippers
  8. John Havlicek – Boston Celtics
  9. Carmelo Anthony – Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trailblazers, Los Angeles Lakers
  10. Paul Pierce – Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers

Can Kevin Durant catch Larry Bird?

There are some people who may already have Kevin Durant ranked ahead of Larry Bird but not most. How would Durant be universally ranked ahead of Bird? Bird has three regular season MVP awards to Durant’s one. Durant is still playing at a MVP level but has not been healthy enough to contend for the award in a while. If he plays at least 70 games this year with his normal production, he may get one more. That would help his argument.

The biggest way to help his argument would be to win another Finals MVP. Bird and Durant both have two of those awards. Bird’s are more “respected” because he got those on the team that drafted him. Durant joined a team that was coming off of back to back finals appearances when he won his two.  A third finals MVP outside the shadow of the Golden State Warriors would do wonders for Durant in the all-time rankings.

Do you agree with the rankings? Do you think Kevin Durant could catch Larry Bird?

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