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Kevin Durant’s rank in pantheon of NBA’s all-time greatest players

Kevin Durant is the talk of the town after recording an impressive triple-double in Game 5 between the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks. Durant finished the night with 49 points, 17 rebounds, and 10 assists while playing every single minute in the game. He proved to be the difference-maker, setting himself apart from Giannis Antetokounmpo in their playoff matchup.

KD has been in the NBA for 14 years now (this includes the season he just missed) and is still at the top of his game, which is incredible after suffering a torn Achilles in the 2019 NBA Finals. Instead of struggling, Durant picked up right where he left off. He only played 35 games for the Nets this year but put up an impressive stat line, averaging 26.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game while shooting 53.7% from the field and 45.0% from deep.

Due to his recent success and continuing dominance in the league, it’s easy to conclude that Kevin Durant’s name should be amongst some of the best in league history. Even so, where exactly does Durant rank with the greatest of all time. He’s undoubtedly one of the best pure scorers we’ve ever seen hit the court, but is his overall game and accolades enough to put him in the top five?

It’s definitely an argument to be had. However, looking at the best players in league history, it’s hard to imagine Durant beats out Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, or Shaquille O’Neal to break the top five greatest ever.

So, where exactly does that leave Kevin Durant? He has earned a ton of accolades during his time in the league, so he doesn’t lack any awards or trophies. So far in his career, Durant has acquired two NBA championships, one MVP, two Finals MVPs, two All-Star MVPs, four NBA scoring titles, 11 All-Star appearances, nine All-NBA nods, Rookie of the Year, and two Olympic gold medals.

With accomplishments like that, it’s tough to keep Durant out of the top 10 all-time. However, he seems to fit perfectly as the 10th-best player right now. Here is a quick list of our top 10 NBA players in league history:

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. LeBron James
  3. Kobe Bryant
  4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  5. Shaquille O’Neal
  6. Tim Duncan
  7. Magic Johnson
  8. Larry Bird
  9. Bill Russell
  10. Kevin Durant

Durant is there and has the potential to rise higher depending on what else he can accomplish before hanging it up. Each of the players ahead of him have at least three NBA championships under their belt, whereas Durant currently has two. Additionally, Durant can still rise up the scoring ranks and get extremely high. He’s currently No. 26 in total points but is all the way up at No. 5 for points per game.

The 10th spot seems fitting for Durant, as he still has room to grow. He’s only 32 years old and is right at the tip of his prime. Based on how he plays the game, Durant likely still has three to four years of dominance before we start seeing his game fade. If he maintains his elite level of play for the next four years, Durant very well could raise the rankings.

For now, Kevin Durant sits comfortably at No. 10.