Shohei Ohtani is.. Kevin Durant
In more ways than one, Shohei Ohtani and Kevin Durant are the perfect comparisons for this article. First off is the obvious: both are currently rehabbing from the most devastating they could get, respectively. For Ohtani, he is unable to pitch after undergoing Tommy John surgery for a torn UCL. For Durant, he will miss the entire 2019-2020 season rehabbing a torn Achilles tendon.
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However, they are also the most talented all-around players in their sports when healthy. No, I didn’t say best, but there is no combination of size and shooting and ability in the NBA that tops a healthy Kevin Durant. For Ohtani, there is no player in the MLB with his all-around talent. Basically, there is no hitter who can pitch as well as him and no pitcher who can hit as well as him.
Both will see their eventual return, Ohtani to the mound and Durant to the hardwood. And when that happens, they will both once again show how truly special of talents they are.
Mike Trout is… Kawhi Leonard
Look, forget all the stuff about Kawhi changing teams, forcing his way out of San Antonio, and that haunting laugh. Simply put, he is the best free agent (and player) in the NBA right now. Mike Trout is the best player in the MLB, and luckily he will never be a free agent and the Angels can begin a dynasty around him.
Besides being the best player in their respective sports, there is another quality that links the two. Mike Trout and Kawhi Leonard are not the type of players who crave the stardom that usually accompanies star players. They simply want to play the game they love, find ways to improve, and chase a championship.
And that is what makes them the best at what they do. And who knows, maybe Kawhi will continue his career less than an hour away from The Big A…