After winning his third straight NBA scoring title, is there anyone that can get in the way of Kevin Durant breaking Michael Jordan’s record of 10? The answer is no, and yes.
There are only a few guys that are in situations where they could take the title from Durant in the next two or three years. As always, injuries will play a huge role in determining the outcome, but if everyone stays healthy, things look good for Durant.
Guys like Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade don’t have a great shot because of the situations they are in. These guys are playing with each other now, thus taking the scoring load off of their shoulders.
Even though Kobe finished second last season, he put up a staggering 23 shots per game, more than three attempts more per game than any other player. Don’t expect those same numbers with Nash and Howard in the mix.
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson could have contended as well, but they’re now teammates in Brooklyn, where Williams will take on the role of distributor a little more. Despite the criticism that he shoots too much, Durant’s own teammate Russell Westbrook actually has a better shot than any of these guys.
There are three guys that I do believe have a realistic shot over the next year or two.
Kevin Love put up 19.3 shots per game last season for the Timberwolves. Only Kobe and Durant took more shots than he did. He is clearly the best player on his team and doesn’t have other super stars around him.
Carmelo Anthony has always been known as a scorer. He displayed that this summer for Team USA when he scored 37 points in just 14 minutes. There are only a couple other guys that New York will look to for offense, so it could be a big year in the big apple for Carmelo.
Eric Gordon should be ready to go this season after missing most of last year with injuries. He can score in many different ways, and finds himself in the middle of an up-and-coming team in New Orleans. They will look for him to carry the scoring load, and he just might deliver.
Only Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain have won seven straight scoring titles, but Durant has his sights set on joining them. First, he will look to join George Gervin and Allen Iverson as the only four-time winners.
When you consider his age, his role, and his competition, you have to believe Durant can get close. Winning seven more scoring titles is a tall task, but if anyone has the skill set to do it, it is Kevin.