Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant has been regarded by many fans as one of the best players in the league, and NBA champion Dirk Nowitzki has nothing but good things to say about the rising star.
Dirk and his Dallas Mavericks were swept by Durant and the Thunder in the first round of the NBA playoffs, but the seven-foot German sharpshooter still has great respect for KD.
"KD is way ahead of my curve. He's arguably the best player in the league right now. I see a guy that really has no holes."
"He's a 6-10 guy with a 7-4 wingspan who can shoot it from the parking lot. He's posting up now. In transition he's so long that, when he gets a pass from the 3-point line, it's a layup or dunk with one step. He's got the one- or two-dribble pull-up, which you need to be a great scorer, because you can't just shoot 3s or go to the basket if you want to be a great scorer, 'cause sometimes you can't get all the way to the bucket. He can go both ways, one or two dribbles and up."
Dirk then goes on to compare Durant to himself, stating that KD was a bit more well-rounded than he was at that age.
"He's way more of a 3-man than I ever was. He handles the ball way better on the break than I ever did. He's got deeper range. And he's doing all this at 23. He's won the scoring title three times in a row, so that he means he won the first one at 21. I barely got through my rookie year. When I was 21, Gary Trent was still killing me in practice."
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