On the surface, Kevin Durant has little in common with freshmen phenoms Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins. Durant was from the Washington DC area; Parker is from Chicago, and Wiggins is from Canada. Durant went to college at Texas, while Wiggins plays for Kansas and Parker for Duke.
But if anyone knows what it's like to be a nationwide star at the age of 18, it's Durant—who won the NCAA's National Player of the Year award as a freshman. So what does he have to say about Parker and Wiggins?
Kevin Durant called Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins: "1A and 1b." KD called Parker "the real deal" and Wiggins a future AllStar & HOFer.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) November 15, 2013
A reflective Kevin Durant weighs in on Kansas' Andrew Wiggins: "He's raw right now, but he could be a Hall of Famer. An All-Star for sure."— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) November 15, 2013
That's some pretty high praise coming from Durant, an All-Star and a future Hall of Famer in his own right.
Heading into this season, Wiggins seemed like to clear choice to go first overall in next summer's NBA draft, but players like Parker and Kentucky's Julius Randle have impressed so far. Could we have another No.1-No. 2 debate on our hands? If so, few people know that subject better than Durant, who was taken after Greg Oden in one of history's all-time draft blunders.
People said that before his draft, too. But it turns out you can. RT @sam_amick Durant says you can't go wrong (with Wiggins or Parker).— Brian Mahoney (@briancmahoney) November 15, 2013