It’s pretty much consensus that the two best scorers in the NBA are Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony.
There is a debate about which is the best and Raymond Felton of the New York Knicks recently weighed in on it:
There’s a lot of guys who can score the basketball in this league. Kevin Durant, by far, is one of the top ones. Him and Melo could be neck-and-neck — those guys can score in a lot of ways. But Melo can score in more ways than KD, because Melo can post up, he can score off the dribble, he can score in the mid-range, he can score finishing at the rim, and he can shoot threes. You’re talking about a guy who has a total, complete game, and he’s big and strong — 6-8, big body, strong body.
The problem with what Felton says about all of the ways Melo can score, KD is great at as well.
The one area where many believe Melo has KD is in the post. It is true that Melo posts up a lot more, appears to be a beast in the post quite often and has one of the best games down there in the league.
But in terms of ability, KD is right there with Melo, even in the post, he just doesn’t do it as often. But when KD does post up, he is as efficient as anyone in the league.
And where Melo may have an edge over KD in the post, KD definitely has the edge off the dribble and out on the perimeter.
The scary thing about Durant too is that he is still getting better. He’s still only 24 and we probably haven’t seen the best years of Durant yet.
For now, give me KD. He’s more efficient than Melo, just as versatile and a purer shooter.