When I first looked at
this I thought; simple, Kevin Durant. He is the better scorer. Then I actually
thought about it.
Carmelo is playing on another level right now, draining 40 points
all over the place, which has currently found him sitting in front of Durant in
the scoring title lead. And you know what? Durant doesn't care.
There is a key difference between Carmelo and Durant. Durant wants
to win, Carmelo wants to score.
Everyone has seen Durant's game lift to another level this season.
He is grabbing boards, dishing the ball and scoring at a dangerously efficient
rate. Carmelo is the same old Carmelo. All he wants is points.
While I love that about Carmelo, it's left me thinking how
self-centered he is as a player. Durant is willing to get better with every
part of his game, and if that means passing more, he will pass. Carmelo will
Carmelo is a pure shooter, one of the best in the game. He will
win the scoring title because he wants to win the scoring title. Durant just wants
to win games. This will separate not only the two players, but the
two teams come finals time.
One off night for Carmelo and the Knicks will suffer. One off
night for Durant and he will find his team mates instead. That's why OKC are
such a better team, because they are a team.
Carmelo will win the scoring title with ease late in the season,
but who really cares? I'm more impressed with Durant's ability to be a team
player despite the fact he could take all the shots every given night.