Former NBA player and Klay Thompson’s dad, Mychal Thompson, had some real beef with KD’s latest rankings. Upon reading a metrics ranking from Bleacher Report for the “Top 10 Individual Seasons So Far,” Thompson took to Twitter and fired off a few tweets blasting the new measurements.
Here’s Bleacher Reports take on KD and their metrics system. Everyone is always trying to rank everyone with their own systems. I like to stick with the eye test. KD is top 3 in the league.
2017-18 Advanced Metrics: 212.33 TPA, 25.8 PER, 7.9 WS, 7.17 RPM Wins
Where do you start with this new, fully idealized version of Kevin Durant? The 29-year-old forward is averaging a career-high 5.5 assists per game—technically, he was “only” at 5.49 in 2013-14. He’s scoring 26 points per contest and is sitting on the cusp of a certain efficiency club by slashing 52.3/42.1/88.6. Oh, and he’s playing some of the best defense of his NBA tenure, blocking shots with aplomb and constantly rotating into proper positioning.
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.
Sorry, KD. You’ll have to settle for a top-10 spot that leaves you trailing another notable member of the Dubs. Must be tough.