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NBA Finals: Bob McAdoo and Kevin Durant are almost carbon copies in playing style Tale of the tape: Bob McAdoo vs. Kevin Durant

Heat assistant coach McAdoo won three scoring championships at a young age, just like Thunder superstar Durant

By John Helsley Modified: June 15, 2012 at 12:00 am •  Published: June 16, 2012
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/articleid/3685016/1/pictures/1750092">Photo - The Thunder’s Kevin Durant goes to the hoop against Miami. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
The Thunder’s Kevin Durant goes to the hoop against Miami. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“I didn’t have the supporting cast that he has when I was in Buffalo,” McAdoo said. “And I had the misfortune of being in the same conference with the mighty Boston Celtic and the Washington Bullets of that time.

“It’s about the complementary players, too. He’s got great players around him, a great supporting cast and that just makes it better for him.”

Injuries hampered McAdoo for several seasons, before he found rejuvenation with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Joining a team with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and James Worthy in 1981, McAdoo served as a valuable sixth man on teams that won two NBA titles, in 1982 and 1985.

“I was lucky I was able to get to a team that had other stars on it,” McAdoo said. “I see people criticizing LeBron for what he did, but you can’t win in this league if you don’t have other stars, other great players on your team.”

The early careers of Kevin Durant and current Heat assistant coach Bob McAdoo are eerily similar, summoning comparisons of the two:

Category McAdoo Durant
Frame 6-9, 210 6-9, 215
Drafted 2nd overall (1972) 2nd overall (2007)
Rookie of the Year 1973 2008
Wins in rookie year 21 20
Young turnaround 21-game improvement (1974) 27-game improvement (2010)
Scoring titles Three straight (1974, 1975, 1976) Three straight (2010, 2011, 2012)
Early playoff run Three straight (1974, 1975, 1976) Three straight (2010, 2011, 2012)
Lessons from champions

Twice lost in playoffs

to eventual champion

(Celtics 1974, 1976)

Twice lost in playoffs

to eventual champion

(Lakers 2010, Mavericks 2011)
Points through five seasons 10,821 9,978

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