Lebron James 3 time MVP. Kevin Durant 3 time scoring champion. Players like these are
hard to find. But sometimes, debating which one is better can be even harder.
Today I will be debating who I would rather own on my team: Durant or Lebron. I
will separate each individual category, to decide which one I would rather
have. The categories are: Scoring, Defense, Passing, Rebounding, and the
Finale. Feel free to comment all you want, in a proper manner. Thank you and
enjoy. Follow me on twitter at @CJ_H_12.
Scoring: This one has a proven winner.
The winner is Kevin Durant. He has won the scoring title 3 years in a row and
he doesn't look like he's going to give it up anytime soon. Kevin Durant might
be the winner of this round but Lebron James is no weakling in this category.
Lebron James has scored at least 27 PPG since the 2005 season. In fact he even
won the scoring title in the 2007-08 season. However, Kevin Durant has scored
at least 27.5 PPG for 3 straight seasons and won the scoring title in those 3
seasons. In the past 3 seasons he has beat out Lebron too.
Defense: This one is not very
challenging. Although the stats might make this decision look close, it's not.
Lebron has been selected to the NBA All Defensive First Team 4 years in a row
while Durant has never been selected to the second team. Lebron even got the
most votes for the leagues All Defensive Team!
As Durant gets older and stronger I'm sure we will see his defense
become stronger. For now though, Lebron is the better defender (and possibly
the best perimeter defender in the
When I say passing I mean which one is the better distributer not the one who
can make the pin point pass (Although pin point passes is a small part of going
into the decision making for a lot of positions.) The statistics speak for
themselves in this situation. Durant has averaged only 3 assists per game for
five seasons. Lebron James has averaged 6 to 7 assists since his first season
(BTW Lebron outscored Durant in his first season compared to Durant's first
season too). Lebron has also played alongside less talented players, for the
exception of the last two seasons. Lebron played with Mo Williams and Anderson Varejao while Durant has played with scorers like James Harden and Russell
Westbrook. Yet, Lebron still averaged more assists than Durant. One last thing
for this round: Let's not forget that Lebron has proven he can throw the pin
point pass. EX: Lebron threw a no look pass through the OKC Defense to DWade in
Rebounding: This one is closer than
most people think. Kevin Durant actually outrebounded Lebron James in the 2012
season in RPG and total rebounds: Durant: 8.0 RPG/527. Lebron: 7.9/492. Durant
doesn't get enough credit for his rebounding. He's averaged at least 6.8 RPG
for 3 years in a row. I decided to compare these two athletes rebounding skills
by looking at how they did against each other (Notice these are the total
rebounds in each game):
Game 1: Durant:8 Lebron:9 Game 2: Durant:3 Lebron:8
Game 3: Durant:6 Lebron:14 Game 4: Durant:2Lebron:9
Game 5: Durant:11 Lebron:11 Total: Durant: 30 Lebron:51
As you can see Lebron destroyed Durant in 3 out of the 5 games. In Game 1 Lebron
still beat Durant in total rebounds and they tied in game 5. The RPG over the
last seasons has been too close to compare. I have to give Lebron the advantage
because he has outrebounded Durant but this category isn't a landslide. I wouldn't
be surprised if Durant takes this category in future years.
Finale: In the finale I will be comparing the smaller categories like minutes per game/games per season, shooting efficiency, and how clutch they are. First we have MPG/GPS. For this I
will not be using the 2012 season for GPS due to the lockout. Lebron over the
last 8 seasons (not counting lockout season) has averaged 78 games per season.
Durant has averaged 78 too. This can be a little biased however for Lebron has
played 9 seasons compared to Durant's 5. Lebron over his 9 seasons has averaged
39.85 MPG while Durant has averaged 38.12 MPG. For this category I'm going to
call it a tie. The score is 3-1 still with Lebron winning. Next is shooting
efficiency. Lebron has a better FG% for his career and over the last 3 seasons
he has averaged 51.4% from the field. That's outstanding. Durant still has
never shot 50% or higher. When it comes to 3 point percentage, Durant wins,
although Lebron has been steady at 33% to 35%. Last is free throw percentage.
The statistics speak for themselves: Lebron has a 74.6% career free throw
percentage while Durant has an 87.8%. The score is now 3-2. The last one has
been messed with for the last 2 years. Anywhere you go you could hear a Lebron
isn't clutch joke. Lebron however has proved all the haters wrong in the past
year. Lebron put on one of the most clutch performances ever. In game 6 facing
elimination Lebron scored 45 points in 45 minutes! In game 7 Lebron scores 31
points in 48 minutes! And of course we all know what he did in the NBA finals.
Durant however has also been clutch being nicknamed kid clutch by many people. Durant
has always taken the last shot. For example against Dallas hitting the game
winner with 1 second left. This one has to be a tie. However, if Lebron does
what he did for the next couple of years he will be ahead of Durant. The final
score is 3-2. I would take Lebron over Durant any day. For the fact that he can
score at an average of 27 PPG, he is the best perimeter defender in the league,
he's a great passer and distributor, and can put up 7 rebounds per game. Thank
you for reading and feel free to comment.
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