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STAR WARZ: KEVIN DURANT VS. DOMINIQUE WILKINS

STAR WARZ: KEVIN DURANT VS. DOMINIQUE WILKINS
Match-Up: Dominque Wilkins vs. Kevin Durant The Battle: Who’s Better? Today’s “Star Warz” put two of the NBA greatest scorers against one another in an old fashion wild-west shoot-out. During the 80’s and early 90’s, Dominque Wilkins was arguably the best player in the NBA not named Michael Jordan. Wilkins is best known as “The Human Highlight Film” because of his unique dunking style during NBA games. Kevin Durant is a scoring assassin on the basketball court, using his size and shooting touch to score on any defender that the league puts in front of him. One player is already in the Basketball Hall of Fame and the other is the youngest three-time scoring champion in NBA history, but if you were starting an NBA team today…..which one would you have leading your squad to victory? Today, Kaboom! Magazine.com “Star Warz” goes in-depth into both Dominique Wilkins and Kevin Durant careers and try to find out the answer to arguably one of the toughest question in league history…….Who’s Better Than Who? Tale of the Tape US PRESSWIRE Sports-Historical Dominique Wilkins Pos: SF Height: 6’8” Weight: 230 College: Georgia Pro Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, & Orlando Magic Career Highlights: No.3 Overall Selection in 1982 NBA Draft, 1986 NBA Scoring Champion, 9x NBA All-Star, 1986 All-NBA First Team Selection, 4x All-NBA Second Team Selection, 2x NBA Slam Dunk Champion, 1993 NBA Comeback Player of the Year, & 2006 Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee. Strengths: Dominique Wilkins is one of the top 3 most athletic players in NBA history. Wilkins was instrumental in the Hawks’ prominence in the 1980s, when the club recorded four consecutive 50-win seasons during the decade. Dominique’s nickname was the “The Human Highlight Film” for his athletic ability and highlight reel dunks. His trademark dunk was a powerful one- or two-handed windmill, dunks he used to capture the slam dunk contest titles in 1985 and 1990. As a basketball player he was known as an acrobatic scorer, somewhat of a gunner, though an outstanding finisher and one of the greatest dunkers in NBA history. His best game of his NBA career came against Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics during game 7 of the 1988 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Wilkins scored 47 points while going shot for shot with Larry Legend in a losing effort. Weakness: Dominique Wilkins is one of the most athletic athletes in sports history, but once his athletic ability began to fade he just wasn’t the same player. In his prime, Dominique averaged more than 25 ppg, but after a ruptured Achilles tendon in 1992 his scoring averaging dipped almost 9 ppg. Even before the injury, Wilkins was a streaky shooter at best. For a career, Wilkins averaged 31% from beyond the arc and only made more than 100 3-pointers in a season once. kevin-durant-opsq-24687 Kevin Durant Pos: SF Height: 6’9” Weight: 240 College: Texas Pro Team: Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder Career Highlights: No.2 Overall Selection in 2007 NBA Draft, 2008 NBA Rookie of the Year, 4x NBA All-Star Selection, 4x All-NBA 1st Team, 3x NBA Scoring Champion, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, & 2012 NBA All-Star MVP. Strengths: Described as a “scoring prodigy,” Durant regularly ranks as one of the NBA’s leaders in points. His seven foot, four inch wingspan allows him to cleanly get his shot off whenever he needs to, even against aggressive defenses. A quick slasher going to the basket, he is also a strong finisher at the rim, converting on 72.2 percent of those attempts in 2012. A strong outside shooter, he is one of only six members of the 50–40–90 club. Weakness: Early in his career, Durant was criticized for not being a well-rounded player, unable to defend or pass. Durant is tall in stature, but his body type and strength are huge red flags for someone trying to compete night in and night out. Durant’s explosiveness is undeniable, but there will reach a point when his frail body can no longer withstand the beating it does when he takes the ball to the rim. And while Durant is a skilled jump shooter, his cuts to the basket are not weapons his arsenal can afford to forfeit. Dominique-Wilkins-19901 And the winner is……: If Michael Jordan never played in one NBA game, Dominique Wilkins may be considered to greatest NBA player of all-time. If Lebron James never played in one NBA game, Kevin Durant maybe a 4-time MVP and a NBA champion. Both players are victims of playing in an era overshadowed by one-of-a-kind athletes. Both Wilkins and Durant have no problem scoring on any man you put in front of including Michael Jordan and Lebron James. But if we would have to choose on who we thought was the better player out of the two………….we would have to go Dominique Wilkins. Both men can score against any defense and Durant is a far better 3-point shooter than Dominique ever was, but that’s only one part of the story. Wilkins may not be a better shooter than Durant, but he is a better rebounder, passer, finisher at the rim, and defender than Kevin Durant has shown throughout his career. Even though Durant listed 10 pounds heavier than Wilkins; Dominique is still the bigger and more physical player out of the two. Basketball is a two-way game with one way being offense and one way being defense. Dominique Wilkins has proven that he can be a leader on both offense and defense, while Kevin Durant has set the world on fire on offense, but only shown sparks of what he can do on defense. Do you Agree or Disagree with Kaboom! Magazine.com? Voice your opinion right now on this edition of “StarWarz” by leaving a comment at the bottom.