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LeBron James vs Kevin Durant: A complete comparison

Punit Pathak
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2018 NBA Finals - Game Four
2018 NBA Finals - Game Four

Lebron James and Kevin Durant are two of the biggest stars in the NBA at present. When it comes to player rivalries of today, James versus Durant is a big one and has the potential to grow into one of the best the league has to offer since Magic versus Bird.

Both of these players are stars of their respective teams. Lebron currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers and is often considered the best basketball player in the world and regarded by some as the greatest player of all time whereas Durant plies his trade for the Golden State Warriors and has won back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018.

Over the last five years or so, there’s been a huge ongoing debate about who is better, Durant or James. Without further ado let’s compare the careers of these two phenomenal players.


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Golden State Warriors v Atlanta Hawks
Golden State Warriors v Atlanta Hawks

Durant is one of the best shooters in NBA history, he has won four scoring titles, only four other players have accomplished such feat. He is also an elite free throw shooter with 88%, which is really impressive along with his great jump shooting skills.

Durant's ability to knock down three-pointers with 38% as a seven footer makes him a pure shooter who can easily score from any available position. Mid-range, 3pt, you name it, the 'Durantula' has it all in his arsenal.

LeBron is great at finishing with both hands and is one of the most explosive dunkers ever, and a master in the post. LeBron has always thrived off his strength and is one of the most dominant scorers.

LeBron scores a lot of his points from close range, driving past defenders. His shooting is pretty good from mid-range and decent from beyond the arc. He is not as good as Durant when it comes to scoring free throws and three-pointers with 34% and 74% respectively. Although his field goal shooting is 50%, which is slightly higher than KD's 49%.

Kevin can shoot from almost anywhere on the court, and he can give you 30 points every single night. Kevin Durant edges past LBJ as a better scorer in the league. He is an offensive monster.

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