Klay Thompson’s Dad Went Ballistic On Twitter Over Bleacher Report’s Ranking Of Kevin Durant
So Bleacher Report released a piece called NBA Metrics 101: Top 10 Individual Seasons So Far, ranking all 313 players who have logged at least 500 minutes this season based on four criteria: NBA Math’s total points added, ESPN.com plus/minus wins, player efficiency rating, and wins share.
The ranking is strictly based on individual performance this year and is entirely statistic driven–omitting narratives, reputation, and past play.
Here are the top 10:
10. Kevin Durant
9. Damian Lilliard
8. Stephen Curry
7. Anthony Davis
6. Jimmy Butler
5. Karl Anthony-Towns
3. Russell Westbrook
2. LeBron James
1. James Harden
The list contains the top-tier players in the NBA, but you’d have to be smoking crack to choose Damian Lillard or Jimmy Butler over Kevin Durant. But I don’t make the rules, and neither does Klay Thompson’s dad and former NBA star, Mychal Thompson. And he’s pissed about it.
If that metrics line was a joke, it is laugh out loud funny. If he really believes NBA Metrics is referring to the metric system, may God have mercy on his soul.
Bleacher Report’s summary for allegedly stiffing Durant was that there’s only so much love to go around in Golden State.
Durant’s game may be complete enough to merit even higher placement from a subjective standpoint. But there’s only so much credit for the Golden State Warriors’ success to divvy around the rotation, and too much talent populates the Bay Area for any one player to get inordinate amounts of love.
It’s only a matter of time before Durant makes a burner account to feud with the findings.
[h/t For The Win]