Appearing on “Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles” podcast, Durant named Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon and Magic Johnson as his five greatest players in NBA history.
Durant did offer a clarifier concerning how he arrived at his top-five list by stating a player has to be retired to merit consideration, which may or may not explain the absence of LeBron James.
Durant previously made it abundantly clear that Kobe and MJ were his two favorite players of all time, telling The Athletic’s Shams Charania that “watching Kobe and Mike, I’m like, ‘How do you not realize how good these dudes are?’ How do you not say they’re by far better than anybody who’s played the game? Just by the way they move, how fluid they are.”
As mentioned, Curry recently came out with his top-five, all-time NBA players of his own as well. At a recent event to promote his Facebook Watch docuseries “Stephen vs. The Game,” Curry took a somewhat different approach than Durant.
Interestingly, both Curry and Durant have Jordan, Shaq and Magic on their lists, although it’s clear that the former does not share the same criteria concerning retirement as the latter given LeBron cracks his top five.
All in all, it’s impossible to argue with the lists compiled by both Durant and Curry, but as always is the case with such exercises, it’s simply a matter of personal opinion. Further, no matter what, some deserving iconic legend or another is of course going to be omitted when coming up with such a small list.