Back when Michael Jordan still played, his greatness overshadowed others in the game — to the point where people forgot just how good those other athletes were. Dominique Wilkins, for example, averaged 26.4 points per game in 12 seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. Fans remember Karl Malone as much for losing to Jordan in the NBA finals as anything, and he ranks second on the all-time scoring list.
1. Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant is the first NBA star who comes to mind. The 27-year-old, who signed with the Golden State Warriors last summer, is one of the most talented players in the game. With his tall, thin frame and long arms — earning him the nickname “Durantula” — the sleek forward can get to the basket with the best of them and shoot from the outside with remarkable proficiency for a man of his height. Durant has led the NBA in scoring averages four separate times and led his team to the NBA finals once.
However, back in the 2011–12 NBA Finals, James and the Miami Heat awaited him. Durant averaged 30.6 points on 54.8% shooting from the field in the five-game series, but it wasn’t enough to overcome James. Injuries to both Durant and Russell Westbrook, as well as the Warriors’ rise, put a damper on the Oklahoma City Thunder’s title hopes the last few years. It’s no wonder Durant joined forces with Stephen Curry.