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No pressure kid: Durant thinks Andrew Wiggins could be a “Hall of Famer”

Nov 15, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

Andrew Wiggins AP

And you thought it was just the media over-hyping Andrew Wiggins…

That hype has some suggesting Wiggins could be the best pro prospect to come out of college since Kevin Durant.

So Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports asked Durant about Wiggins, and Durant cranked up the hype machine.

“He’s raw, but his ceiling is high. He can be like a Hall of Famer, All-Star, for sure. He’s good,” said Durant before the Thunder’s loss to the Golden State Warriors.

Durant said he watched closely on television as Wiggins and Kansas defeated Duke on Tuesday night. Duke features another talented true freshman forward in Jabari Parker, whom Durant also thinks highly of after working with him at his basketball camp last summer…

“That [Parker] kid is amazing,” Durant said. “I think he is the best player in the country. Him and Wiggins are like ‘1A’ and ‘1B.’ Those guys are going to do the one-and-done thing, do it early. They are going to do really well in college and lead their teams to, I think, the Final Four. That’s kind of like, ‘Close your eyes and pick one.’ You’re good with either one of those guys.”

Wiggins is no doubt special but he is no lock No. 1 pick in a deep, deep draft. The very reliable and connected site has Julius Randle of Kentucky and international combo guard Dante Exum ahead of Parker in their early drafts now. That’s not to say how the final rankings shake out, only that there is a lot of talent at the top of this draft.

Wiggins is at the heart of that talent and could well turn out to be a franchise-changing player. Nothing is a lock, but he has that potential. A lot of scouts see it. Remember, NBA teams don’t care who is the better player this season in college, they want to project who is the best player three years from now, five years from now. Who has the higher ceiling?

Durant sees that ceiling and realizes it is very, very high.

  1. abchome - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    It is ridiculously premature to talk about being HOF.

  2. johngalt1783 - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    KD just saying what all well learned NBA players say about young players. I remember when a reporter asked Amir Johnson about Ed Davis several seasons ago. Johnson’s response “The sky is the limit” Well Davis career continues to be on the runway to with no skyward takeoff in sight.

    Look at this way. When asked about Wiggins KD responds. “He has a lot of talent but he is only a freshman in college. His effort has also been questioned on more than one occassion. It is a long road with a lot of hard work and dedication from being a prep star to the a contributing NBA player. It is way too early to tell whether Mr. Wiggins will put in the hard work and dedication to become a solid NBA player”

    Not that truth would go over really big with NBA fans and fellow players.

  3. deavn - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    I see where Durant is coming from. HOF talks may be a little absurd at this point in time but there really hasn’t been any dominant players like Wiggins, Parker, Randle, etc. in a long time. They’re extremely raw but still have so much talent and haven’t even come close to hitting their ceilings. That’s insane. But only time will tell.

  4. legend30 - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Looks like Durant find his new soulmate, sorry Harden, you been replaced.

  5. antistratfordian - Nov 15, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    So both Wiggins and Parker are hall of famers now? Is Durant a hall of famer?

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      Durant said “CAN be”, NOT that they ARE.

      And they can. The question is will they be.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        He said they can be “for sure” …

        I’d have to disagree with him there. There’s nothing “for sure” about Wiggins or Parker being All-Stars, much less Hall of Famers.

  6. eugenesaxe1 - Nov 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Howsabout letting the kid get through his one year of college first…Durant of all people should have more sense than to be spouting this kind of jibberish.

    • mikerome64 - Nov 16, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      Howsabout you let Durant give his opinion on these guys. Remember it is his and not yours.

  7. wwttww - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Just like Ochocinco?

  8. kavika6 - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    Jabari Parker.

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