By Cody Williams @TheSizzle20 on May 4, 2014
The 2013-14 NBA season has been quite a good one for Kevins. Kevin Durant and Kevin Love have had career-years while Kevin Martin has also had one of the best years of his career. Kevin Garnett might want to forget about this year, but overall Kevins have been impressive this season. Who are the NBA’s 10 best Kevins of all time?
Kevin Gamble probably isn’t headed to the Hall of Fame by any stretch after playing from 1987-97, but he had a good run during his mid-20s. In his peak three seasons, Gamble put up 14.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 54.1 percent from the floor with Boston.
A forgotten seven-footer that played from 1973-82, Kevin Kunnert never really wowed anyone with his numbers, but was a good rebounder and shot-blocker with his size and wasn’t a liability offensively. He’s another likely non-Hall-of-Famer, but still a solid addition in the world of NBA Kevins.
Since coming into the league, Kevin Martin has never really been a superstar. He’s actually just an absolute wreck on the defensive end of the floor and has a tendency to disappear in big moments. However, Martin is an effective scorer at the pro-level and that lands him on this list.
Through the 70s and the early 80s, Kevin Porter was a solid all-around point guard at the NBA level. His 11.6 points and 8.1 assists per game for his career are evidence of that. More than that, his nickname of “Little Drummer Boy” is also quite a classic moniker.
People sometimes forget about Kevin Willis and how good he was over his 20+ years in the league, but the big man could play. During his peak three seasons in the early 90s, Willis put up 18.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while shooting 48.9 percent from the floor. Devo could definitely get it done and starts the upper-tier of Kevins.
The second active player on this list, Kevin Love also has the potential to move up the most. He’s still in his mid-20s at this point and has already established himself as a versatile scorer and monster rebounder. If he can add to his accomplishments from a team aspect while still improving and staying healthy, he could very well move up from No. 5 in the Kevin rankings.
Kevin Johnson is one of the most under-appreciated players in the NBA’s history. Over his nine years when he was at his best, Johnson averaged 19.8 points, 10 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game from the point guard position while shooting 49.7 percent from the floor. If you’ve never taken the time to watch KJ’s highlights, do so right now.
There’s no doubt that Kevin Garnett is one of the most memorable figures in recent NBA history. He’s also been a monster for much of his NBA career on both sides of the ball. Without doubt KG is an elite Kevin.
You could argue that Garnett belongs above Kevin McHale based on longevity and prolonged success, but I can’t hold McHale’s injuries against him. He was a monster in his prime and one of the most underrated big men in the history of the NBA on the offensive end.
He’s still just getting started, but Kevin Durant is already the greatest Kevin ever in my mind. Perhaps this is largely based on projecting what he can accomplish moving forward, but he’s already one of the most gifted scorers ever and is only going to improve as an all-around player. It’s KD’s world right now, we’re just living in it.
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