If we compare their careers by age, we can see that Kevin Durant’s first seven seasons in the NBA have been remarkably similar to LeBron James’ even with Durant only playing 27 games this season.
Using each player’s total points, rebounds, and assists per 36 minutes, as well as John Hollinger’s Player Efficiency Rating, which measures a player’s all-around contributions, the two stars have produced nearly identical careers arcs, with LeBron posting only slightly better numbers prior to their age-25 seasons and Durant matching the production at ages 25 and 26.
Of course, LeBron’s production at age 26 declined because he struggled to adjust in his first season with the Miami Heat while Durant has struggled this year with a severe foot injury that ended his season early. Only time will tell if Durant can show the same rebound in his late 20s.
NOW WATCH: Briefing videos
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.