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Kobe, Jordan, Magic make Kevin Durant’s all-time starting five

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Kevin Durant is busy touring Europe and talking to a variety of media to promote the KD8, which launched last July. That means a lot of interviews with interviewers asking some interesting questions

On that list is an interview with Spanish NBA site NBA Maniacs, which asked Durant what his all-time starting five would be. Here’s his answer, via Google translate with a little help (hat tip to Matt Moore at Eye on Basketball).

Well, good question. I would stay with Magic Johnson as a basis for their exceptional height, vision and be a triple-double machine. As guard Kobe Bryant is a legend and five-time champion. It’s been half-life in the NBA! Michael Jordan like three. Sorry for Larry Bird, but I have to let him out for Kobe. As a power forward is difficult, between Karl Malone, Tim Duncan ... I stay with Tim Duncan . For longevity, the securities and the impact it has had and still has on the court. And Shaquille O’Neal as a dominant center.

That’s an impressive five.

You could try to argue that to make it mesh you need more of a John Stockton-like pure point guard, but Magic broke the mold at that position and in my mind is the best ever at the slot. I love that he went with Tim Duncan — he is the greatest power forward ever. Center is a position with so many good options — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would be mine, Bill Russell can be in there — but there was never a physical specimen at the five like Shaq.

Notice that there is no LeBron James. Or Durant, but only MJ would likely choose himself.