There is no doubt that Anthony Davis’ playoff run with the Los Angeles Lakers cemented his legacy as one of the greats. But, how does it stack up against Kevin Durant’s incredible 2017 playoff run with the Golden State Warriors? The Shoot or Pass crew break it down below.
Chevy, Gabe, and Rhoby SHOOT if they agree or PASS if they disagree on the following statement:
Anthony Davis’ playoff run this season is not as great as Kevin Durant’s 2017 playoff run.
GABE – SHOOT
When Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors – the dude was UNSTOPPABLE! I mean, he was all over the freaking court. It’s close, but Durant was shooting effectively from ANYWHERE on the court. To guard this guy, you either had to trap him half court or try to get the ball out of his hands.
RHOBY – SHOOT
I have to shoot here for two simple reasons:
1) KD has one more ring and
2) I think you always have to lean more toward the better shot-creator and primary ball-handler, who in this case is happens to also be KD.
However, if you look at both of their stats in the playoffs, they are very similar. They are both playing 35-36 mins a game – with Davis averaging 27.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg, and 3.4 apg vs. Durant’s 28.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg, and 4.3 apg. Now that Anthony Davis has a ring, the debate definitely gets tougher, as you can certainly make a compelling argument on his behalf.
Ultimately, the success both of these guys have had comes down to how well they complemented their respective teams. It was easier for KD be a pure scorer on that Golden State team, and I saw a really good comment on Reddit that described AD on this Lakers team – “AD plays like Dirk on offense and Time Duncan on defense.”
CHEVY – SHOOT
Kevin Durant is a special player, arguably one of the best when healthy. Everyone was picking on him when he made the choice to join the Golden State Warriors as him riding coattails and taking the easy way out.
But, let’s not forget – KD was absolutely, hands down, the best player on the court during the NBA Finals that year. Remember the go-ahead three pointer he hit over LeBron James to complete the comeback and get a win in Game 3 against the Cavaliers?
It settled the case for his NBA Finals MVP bid and rightfully so. The man was hard to beat. He might have his own thing going with burner accounts on social media and all that, but it is not hard to give him credit for his contributions to the game, particularly during his 2017 playoff run. It’s kind of funny how that works, because other guys (LeBron James), are still having to demand respect despite their accomplisments.