On the heels of Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant being ranked as the 25th best player in the NBA by ESPN, Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant recently suggested that analysts shouldn’t be allowed to rank players because they’ve never played the game at such a heightened level.
Per Durant’s Twitter:
Players should rate players..just like the nfl do..these analysts never played at this level before! Just being real
While Durant isn’t the most vocal guy, at least to the media, he does seem to open up a bit more on social media in regards to his opinions.
This one though might seem a bit too off base. I get where he’s attempting to go with this, but just because a person never played a sport professionally doesn’t mean they lack the understanding of analyzing a player. That’s no different than suggesting a poor professional player wouldn’t be a gifted professional coach because he never enjoyed success as a player or that a gifted talent would be equally as good in a general manager/ownership role.
Now whether or not an analyst is actually good at analyzing a player, that’s a different story.