Durant is not an elite athlete. He is a very talented kid who has a lot of potential to become an elite athlete. He’s 18 years old and he trains Basketball. That is what he occupies his time with, not weight training, which is auxiliary at best, and also something he probably hasn’t been doing for very long.
But even that aside, the dude is almost 7 feet tall. I don’t know if you are aware of this but as you get taller, especially when your arms are longer in relation to your height(most basketball players) Benching becomes that much more difficult. You have to do more work for the same or lesser results as someone with shorter arms would be doing.
In other words, for someone with such long arms to seriously improve on the bench, they have to put in a lot more dedicated effort to improving their bench, which is simply not a high priority for a dedicated Basketball player.
As for Fisher and Carter, you don’t know their numbers for any lifts, so comparing them on appearance alone is kind of pointless.
Yeah, I know about arm length affecting benching but it’s still amazing to me that an NBA athlete can’t even press 70% of his body weight.
You are buffering his status. He is barely an NBA athlete. He is an 18 year old kid with a future in the NBA. But you can’t exactly call him an NBA athlete(or an ‘elite’ athlete for that regard). If he had never been scooped up by the draft, he would just be some talented basketball player at some high school and no one would care either way if he could or couldn’t bench his body weight.
There shouldn’t be anything surprising about someone who dedicates their time to baskeball and not weight training being unable to bench their body weight, especially when that person is only 18, and when that person is so lanky.
It’s just not that surprising to me. But then, when I Was 18 years old very few of my peers were benching anywhere close to 180.