Kevin Durant got a firsthand record of what Kyrie Irving was capable of during the 2017 NBA Finals as the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games, and the 2013-14 MVP left away inspired.
Amid a Tuesday appearance on The Bill Simmons Podcast, Durant said he thinks Irving has a superior hostile aptitude set than Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson, via SLAM Online’s Ryne Nelson:
“I was telling some of my friends after Game 2, I was like, Kyrie, he just makes you happy when you watch him play. You just smile when you watch him play because for somebody to be that skilled, you know he had to work tirelessly at it. The stuff he has in his package is next-level stuff that you can try to teach your kids to do it, but you’ll never be able to do it.
“Kyrie is better than AI to me. I’m going from like skill for skill. His handle is better. We might have to cut that out—I don’t want any problems with AI. Y’all might have to cut that one. I don’t want that to get out. I’m just saying I feel like Kyrie got more skill.”
Iverson was a standout amongst the most productive scorers in the NBA amid his 14-year vocation. He drove the alliance in scoring four times, was named to the All-NBA first group three times, won the 2000-01 NBA MVP grant and was enlisted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.
Irving is still in the early phases of his profession. The 25-year-old has won an NBA title and been named to four All-Star groups, and his approval three-pointer in the last moment of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals is a standout amongst the most critical crossroads in Cavaliers history.
Indeed, even in the current year’s NBA Finals misfortune, Irving was staggering, shooting 47.2 percent generally (41.9 from three-point go) with an average of 29.4 points in five games.
Injuries are the only thing that has held Irving back in his career, as he’s missed at least 10 games in five of his six seasons. If Irving can avoid serious injuries for the remainder of his career, it may become hard to argue against Durant’s point.