Kevin Durant: Andrew Wiggins Is 'All-Star' and Jabari Parker Is 'Real Deal'

Joe FlynnContributor INovember 14, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 12: Jabari Parker #1 of the Duke Blue Devils tries to shoot against Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the State Farm Champions Classic at the United Center on November 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Kansas defeated Duke 94-83.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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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?

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.