There’s an embarrassment of riches involved when comparing Kevin Durant and Paul George, two of the league’s elite players. It can get tricky separating the two small forwards because they’re both just so good. We aren’t comparing LeBron James and Austin Daye, after all.
Still, there are different levels of greatness and Durant lands on a higher one than George—at least for now.
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Durant is one of the true superstars in the league—a player at his absolute peak, a terror to guard and currently the league leader in points scored at 29 per game through 20 games.
Paul George, on the other hand, represents the next generation of true greatness. In fact, he’s knocking on the door a lot faster than anyone would have thought.
There’s a reason the Indiana Pacers signed George to a max contract this summer as he headed into his fourth NBA season. He's not a development project here. He's a guy who’s mature beyond his years and is leading the way for a team that currently has the best record in the league at 19-3.
George may be the better player someday. And it’s entirely possible that the Pacers could face OKC in the finals this season. If and when that happens, there could be a new set of arguments and circumstances that come into play.
For now however, let the Durant > George reasons begin.