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Dirk Nowitzki claims that Kevin Durant ‘is way ahead’ of Dirk at the same age, and we somewhat agree

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Dirk Nowizki is slightly ahead of Kevin Durant in this picture, and that's all (Getty Images)

Dirk Nowitzki thinks that Kevin Durant, at his age, "is way ahead of my curve." Really?

I mean, yes, Durant is a consistent scoring champ, but he's only really asked to score in a league that features top scorers (like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade) that have to mix up the all-around game that features heavy assists and rebounds. And Dirk Nowitzki, while no master of the tasty dime himself, made his hay with all-around play that featured heavy rebounds, startling efficiency, and all-around numbers that held up even after you accounted for the blinding pace relative to the era that his Dallas Mavericks played at back then.

So is Kevin Durant really ahead of Dirk Nowitzki, at the same age? Well … yeah. You're watching something pretty special.

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