Metrics 101: Where Does Kevin Durant Rank Among All-Time SFs After Finals MVP

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    Years Played: 2008-Current

    Teams: Seattle SuperSonics (2008), Oklahoma City Thunder (2009-16), Golden State Warriors (2017-18)

    Career Per-Game Stats: 27.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.1 blocks

    Career Advanced Metrics: 25.3 PER, 130.2 WS, 0.219 WS/48, 5.1 BPM, 2,917.97 TPA

    Career Accolades: Nine-time All-Star, Four-time scoring champion, Two-time NBA champion, Seven-time All-NBA, Two-time Finals MVP, One-time MVP, Rookie of the Year

    Kevin Durant didn’t need back-to-back titles in order to validate his standing as an all-time great. He could’ve lost out on both Finals MVPs, ceding the awards to Stephen Curry (or even LeBron James in his losing efforts), and still come out near the top of the small forward heap. You can even put asterisks next to the championships if you’re feeling particularly petty, overlooking the notion that the general public’s fascination with rings as the ultimate barometer of greatness might have compelled Durant to join the Golden State Warriors in the first place. 

    But he has those titles now. He owns a pair of Finals MVPs, putting him in a class containing only himself, Willis Reed, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Tim Duncan and Michael Jordan. History won’t take those away, though it might

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