New York Knicks’ point guard Raymond Felton has done a lot of talking this offseason.
The North Carolina product hasn’t been talking trash on anyone, but for some reason has had something to say on almost every story this offseason. That’s a good thing for people like myself as Felton is very media friendly, but his latest comments have served as a bit of a head scratcher.
When talking about the NBA’s best scorers, Felton called teammate Carmelo Anthony a better pure scorer than three-time scoring champion Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
You have to give Felton credit for having his teammates’ back, but he may not be on point with this one.
Speaking with Lang Whitaker of NBA.com, Felton said:
There’s a lot of guys who can score the basketball in this league. Kevin Durant, by far, is one of the top ones. Him and Melo could be neck-and-neck — those guys can score in a lot of ways. But Melo can score in more ways than KD, because Melo can post up, he can score off the dribble, he can score in the mid-range, he can score finishing at the rim, and he can shoot threes. You’re talking about a guy who has a total, complete game, and he’s big and strong — 6-8, big body, strong body.
It’s hard to argue with anything Felton said, mostly due to the fact that Anthony is that good when it comes to scoring the basketball.
But it is just too hard to make the case that ‘Melo is a better scorer than Durant.
Better yet, it next to impossible.
Just comparing the two players, you have a guy in Durant that has won three scoring titles to Anthony’s one. Then there is the fact that Durant is way more efficient from the floor than Anthony. ‘Melo can’t even come close to shooting the 50/40/90 that Durant dis last season. Anthony needs many more shot attempts during the course of a game to get his points, which while still makes him one of the best and most explosive scorers in the NBA, it doesn’t make him better than Durant.
Durant is heralded as the NBA’s second best player behind LeBron James for a reason, he is that good.
There are some ways that you can compare the two players and make it look good.
Through the first six years of his career, Durant is averaging 26.6 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Somewhat similarly, Anthony posted 24.2 points on 46 percent shooting during his first six.
There are some similarities and I’m sure you can make a case for Anthony being a better scorer, but at the end of the day, Durant’s ability and efficiency have him win this debate hands down.