The NBA Battle Series: Kevin Durant Vs. Carmelo Anthony

Trevor Barber@@The_TeeBarbsContributor IIIJuly 6, 2010

DENVER - OCTOBER 31:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets gets off a shot over Kevin Durant #35 of the Seattle SuperSonics at the Pepsi Center on October 31, 2007 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Sonics. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the term and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Here is my second article in this series. In my first article, I posted a battle between LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. If you haven't read it yet, I suggest you do and place your opinions here. I know that this topic isn't as heavily argued about compared to LeBron and Kobe, but this is the battle for the second best small forward in the league.

Let's start with Carmelo:

2010 Stats

28.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.2 apg

2010 Playoff Stats

30.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.3 apg

Career Stats

24.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.1 apg

Carmelo has lived up to that No. 3 pick in the 2003 draft class that is known as one of the best in NBA history. Melo has proven that he is a leader for a good Denver team. He has lead his team deep into the playoffs in 2009, but was upset this year by the Utah Jazz in 6 games (probably to the absence of head coach George Karl). Melo is a three-time all-star (which I think should be more). Anyways, he's a great player and is a top-10 player. 

And now for Kevin Durant:

2010 Stats

30.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.6 apg 

2010 Playoff Stats

25.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.3 apg

Career Stats

25.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.7 apg

Durant has had a fabulous three-year career. He has already been elected to an All-NBA first team and he has been to an All-Star game in just his third season! Durant is a fierce scorer and a scoring champion for the year 2010. He is obviously the best player out of the 2007 NBA Draft and shows why he was the second pick in the draft.

With a very young team, Durant led the Thunder into a playoff spot where they gave the defending and future champions, L.A. Lakers, a run for their money in six games. Durant has one of the brightest futures for one of the best players in the NBA.

The Argument

Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant are both the same player. They are both offensive players and play the same position. They both are the leaders of their respective squads and they lead each team in scoring. Carmelo is more experienced than Durant and Durant has a scoring title. Those are the main differences between these players. Here are points for each team.

Anthony's team leads the series over the Thunder 3-1. Point for Melo.

Durant has a scoring title and is way younger than Anthony. Point for Durant.

Anthony has more playoff experience and outplayed Durant in this year's playoffs. Two for Anthony.

Durant has an All-NBA first team award in just his third season compared to Anthony's 0. Durant has two points.

Anthony has averaged more rebounds since the two have been in the league and in the last three years more playoff appearances. Carmelo has three points. 


Carmelo Anthony wins the battle—for now. I think Durant will take this over in a few years, but as of today, Carmelo Anthony is our winner!

Please place your opinions here! I want to hear what others think!


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