Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant is inarguably one of the best players in the NBA, but he’s not above shouting out some of the young talents that he’s going up against. He did just that following Monday’s win over the Orlando Magic.
Durant was matched up against Bol Bol, son of NBA legend Manute Bol. The 7’2″ center showcased a pretty impressive skillset against Brooklyn while scoring 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting with six rebounds, two blocks, two assists, and one steal.
Bol Bol is so much more than just a fun story; he’s legitimately one of the most talented and exciting young players in the NBA. He dropped a spectacular 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting at Brooklyn on Monday. #MagicTogether pic.twitter.com/dlGLOrJfks
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Afterward, Durant, who scored 41 in a pretty impressive performance himself, was asked what he thought of the young Orlando center.
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“He’s unique,” Durant said. “He’s tough to deal with. You’ve seen his confidence growing by the game. He can do pretty much everything on the basketball court. So, he just needs more reps. Last few years, he’s been in and out of the lineup — hurt, G-League stints. But I love what the Magic are doing with him, putting him at the point sometimes, playing him at the five, just moving him around because he’s such a versatile player.
“It’s great for the league. I think we’ll start to see him continue to be more of an impact player as times goes on. He’s playing well this year.”
Durant’s honest opinion is usually reserved for random people on Twitter, so you know that he means it when he shares such high praise for a young player who will be going up against him for many years to come.