It’s always interesting to me when I hear fans and card collectors talk about the greatest players in NBA history. Among the usual suspects mentioned are: Jordan, Magic, Bird, Wilt and Russell. Then later it usually turns to today’s stars – Kobe, LeBron, and Durant – ranking them among the game’s all-time greats. All of those players have some of the hobby’s most sought after rookie, memorabilia, and autographed cards and with each new release there are collectors looking to add to their collections.
When people mention Durant and what he has accomplished in his first six season in the league – Rookie of the Year, 3x Scoring Champ, and an All-Star Game MVP – and anoint him as the next great of the game, it reminds me of a forgotten great scorer – Bob McAdoo.
Bob McAdoo doesn’t have as many sought after cards as Durant. But it’s interesting how their first six seasons stack up against each other and how similar they are. McAdoo was an undersized center at 6’9″ and Durant is a 6’11″ guard/forward, but what they both have in common is scoring the basketball. Just compare their stats for their first 6 seasons:
In Bob McAdoo’s first 6 seasons he was ROY, 3x Scoring Champ, NBA MVP and a 5x All-Star.
- 1972-73 – ROY 18.0 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.7 apg
- 1973-74 – Scoring Champ, All-Star 30.6 ppg, 15.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg, 3.3 bpg
- 1974-75 – MVP, Scoring Champ, All-Star 34.5 ppg, 14.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg, 2.1 bpg
- 1975-76 – Scoring Champ, All-Star 31.1 ppg, 12.4 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.2 spg, 2.1 bpg
- 1976-77 – All-Star 25.8 ppg, 12.9 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.4 bpg
- 1977-78 – All-Star 26.5 ppg, 12.8 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.6 bpg
In Kevin Durant’s first 6 seasons he was ROY, 3x Scoring Champ, 4x All-Star, and All-Star Game MVP.
- 2007-08 – ROY 20.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg
- 2008-09 25.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.3 spg
- 2009-10 – Scoring Champ, All-Star 30.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.4 spg, 1.0 bpg
- 2010-11 – Scoring Champ, All-Star 27.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.0 bpg
- 2011-12 – Scoring Champ, All-Star 28.0, 8.0 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.2 bpg
- 2012-13 – All-Star, All-Star Game MVP 28.1 ppg, 7.9 apg, 4.6 apg, 1.4 spg, 1.3 bpg
I’m disappointed that McAdoo was the only former league MVP at the time not to be selected to the 1996′s NBA Top 50 at 50 Anniversary team. It’s probably one of the reasons why he’s not on as many collector’s radar and hopefully his omission will be rectified in the next anniversary team and he’ll be joined by Kevin Durant. But until then basketball collectors and fans can still pick up a Hall of Fame scoring machine’s certified autographed insert card for between $10-$20 which is just a fraction of what Durant’s autos usually sell for.
Kevin Durant is putting up some similar Hall of Fame numbers as McAdoo did back in the day. It’s just that his cards are a little more pricey. Are they worth it? It’s hard to say, but his numbers sure look HOF worthy.
Do you have any comparisons in mind? Maybe CP3 and KJ? Carmelo and Bernard King? Let’s take a look and find another star from yesterday who may be a collecting bargain!
Contributing Author Kevin St. Jacque has been collecting cards, comics and watching baseball and basketball since the late-1970′s. He has over 1,100 Marvel sketch cards and just as many autographed and memorabilia sports insert cards. Raised in the LBC, he’s an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan. Recently he spends time with his young daughter hunting stores for Monster High dolls for her collection. You can find him contributing various hobby happenings on www.forloveofhomeplate.com