Spencer Dinwiddie said his teammate Kevin Durant is the best scorer of all time.
Well, either KD or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. So, is Durant actually a better bucket getter than the NBA's all-time leading scorer? I asked our Ben Pickman and "The Fantasy Exec" Corey Parson for their takes.
Pickman for Durant: With all due respect to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who of course, has the most points scored in NBA history, I think I'd go with Kevin Durant as the most skillful scorer in the history of the NBA, or certainly right now. The one thing that Durant has that Kareem doesn't is that three-point jump shot and long jump shots in general. Now Durant's nearly seven feet tall and his ability to stretch the floor and also score down low is a real strength of his. And so I think the height and the ability to stretch out is what separates him from Kareem. Kareem only took 18 three-point ish attempts in his NBA career, making one. Durant's versatility and ability to score from different places on the court gives him a slight edge, maybe.
Parson for Kareem: You know, Ben is right. KD is so skillful and dominant in that regard. But what Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was able to do, this is a guy who averaged 25 points or more for 10 seasons in his career. Teams were scoring like 80 points back in those days. KD is scoring 35, his team is putting up 134. So you see how dominant Abdul-Jabbar was. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had a Hall of Fame career in Milwaukee and then a Hall of Fame career with the Lakers. And Ben mentioned Kevin Durant has over 1,500 threes in his career. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has only made one. But he was just so much of a dominant player for such a long time. I think Abdul-Jabbar, it shows in the numbers, is the greatest scorer of all time.
Verdict: It's really an unfair comparison. And when people say you can't compare eras, this is probably a perfect example, because Kareem was as dominant as anyone in his time. I just think today, the way the game is played, it's hard to argue against Kevin Durant. Because while the skyhook was unstoppable, KD is unguardable from all over the floor.