Re: Kobe vs Durant-years 1 through 6
A few problems..
-kobe came straight out of high school so these comparisons need to include at least a two year buffer period to make the comparisons fair.
-kobe was a deserving nba all first team defender for much of his early career and was a legit lock down one on one and help defender. Durant was and is not.
-kobe was also a much better playmaker/creator.
So while Durant slightly edges kobe in scoring, he overcomes that small disadvantage with his massive ones in play making and defense. It's why Durant can score so much and do it efficiently which equals a higher per, but he can look invisible on the court at times because of his lack of contribution in other areas ex. See last year's finals where the heat easily handled the thunder and Durant very quietly shot the ball well.