The uniqueness of Kevin Durant’s game has made it hard for anyone to properly place a historical comparison on him.
George Gervin, the lanky and skilled former San Antonio Spurs great, is the guy who gets tossed around most, but even Gervin has shot that down in the past, mentioning differences in his and Durant’s style of play.
On Friday, though, Pelicans coach Monty Williams fired out another comparison. And it may have been the most intriguing, just because of the unknown.
Speaking before New Orleans’ game in Oklahoma City, Williams said Durant reminds him of Len Bias, the former Maryland star who tragically died two days after being selected second overall in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.
“(Durant)’s a very unique player, reminds me of what Len Bias would have been if he played in the league,” Williams explained. “(At) 6-8, 6-9, can shoot it and run, can dunk and defend, play many positions. I’m just impressed by the way he gets better every year and his passion for the game.”
Williams then went on to add a mix of two more guys into that Bias comparison.
“I think he’s the most unique guy I’ve seen, like Alex English, Glen Rice, Len Bias, all these guys all in one,” Williams said of Durant. “He does everything. You just can’t recall a guy that long who can do what he does every single night. Shooting from 30 feet on the floor with confidence, then driving to the basket and dunking on guys and then go post up. To top it off, he’s a great teammate and a good kid.”
Here are some Len Bias highlights: