2008 Rookie of the Year. Three-time NBA All-Star. Two time All-NBA first team. Two time NBA scoring champion. MVP of both the 2012 All-Star Game and the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
At only 23 years old, Kevin Durant is already building quite the resume. And being 10 years younger than Kobe Bryant, Durant is well positioned to assault his legacy and records.
The Black Mamba is perhaps the only player in the league who is worthy of comparisons to Michael Jordan. It's hard to say that another player will ever have Kobe's combination of scoring versatility, defensive prowess and killer instinct.
But KD35 already has some striking similarities to Kobe, and in the future, he will assume Kobe's role in all things basketball. Here are a few reasons why.