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Kevin Durant is close to beating Michael Jordan

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So on Thursday night, a picture began to circulate social media that made everyone see Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant in a different light.

The picture- which can be found here compares Durant's 2013-14 season which is his seventh in the NBA with that of the seventh season of NBA legend Michael Jordan.

The results are actually quite shocking with Durant coming out on top for both points per game and rebounds per game whilst being level with the Chicago Bulls superstar on assists.

So this raises the big question, is Kevin Durant actually better than the great Michael Jordan?

Well if you were to ask many people who do not follow the NBA on a regular basis, who is the biggest name in the sport, arguably Miami Heat's LeBron James would come out on top.

But does that mean Durant can not be as big as Jordan?

Well there is barely a person alive who doesn't know who Michael Jordan is and his off-court success since his retirement has only elevated him even further.

His successful sportswear brand air Jordan and the fact that he currently owns NBA franchise the Charlotte Bobcats means he is still a very relevant name on basketball fans lips.

So lets follow the path this story started on and compare the season that Durant has just finished with the Thunder to Jordans seventh season in the NBA with the Bulls in 1990-91.

Well first off for the statistic that counts above any others, points scored, and Durant tops Jordan having scored 2,593 points this season, 13 more than Jordan finished with in 1991.

Perhaps the biggest land slide of a statistic in this review lies in the three point field goals/ attempts.

Back all those years ago, Jordan attempted a total of 93 three-point field goal attempts hitting 27 of them.

Now that isn't too bad when you first hear it, then when you consider that this year Durant has attempted 491 three pointers and hit a total of 192 of them, it sure does eclipse Jordan's numbers.

But can a player be judged on three pointers alone?

Of course not, and those are just some of the statistics where Durant comes out on top, Jordan does still best him in many different areas.

Steals, assists and turnovers are a huge part of any basketball players game and Jordan tops Durant in all three areas with 223 steals, 453 assists and just 202 turnovers back in the 1990-91 season.

So as you are likely to get with any form of statistical comparison, one man wins some, the other man wins the rest and it can't really be conclusively proven if Durant is better than Jordan was in his seventh NBA season.

It does, as always come down to opinion and in my opinion, Durant has had the season of his career, he has a good chance of winning the championship with Oklahoma City and a very good chance at besting LeBron to the MVP trophy.

But better than Jordan?

I would have to say no.

Jordan had a more rounded game given the fact that he did win a Defensive Player of the Year award only demonstrates that.

It is always going to be difficult to unseat a legend and on this occasion Durant gives it a good try, but its just not enough.

Topics:
Oklahoma City Thunder
LeBron James
Kevin Durant
Michael Jordan
NBA
Chicago Bulls
Miami Heat

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