Kelsey Plum Is a Lot Like James Harden. But Is It a Left-Handed Compliment?

“It is tough because it was thrown at me like that,” said Plum, a 5-foot-8 guard who can score in a variety of ways. “I heard it a ton of times and tried to digest the comparison. I think hopefully in the next couple of years, maybe we get to a different comparison of woman to woman.”

Last year’s No. 1 pick, Breanna Stewart of Connecticut, had one of college basketball’s most storied careers. As a star who could play any position on the floor and seemingly take over at a moment’s notice, Stewart was often discussed as the female equivalent of Kevin Durant, a member of the Golden State Warriors who was the N.B.A. most valuable player in 2014 for Oklahoma City.

Stewart said that she was flattered but that she preferred to be…

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