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No matter what your opinion on LeBron James is, there is no doubt he is the best player in the game right now and is certainly the best at his position.
If LeBron's PER of 32.42 holds up it will be the best in NBA history. LeBron James' stat line of 27.4 PPG, 6.8 APG, 8.1 RPG on an absurd 55 percent shooting is incredible on its own, but also, consider that he's doing all of this while playing a career low 36.7 minutes per game.
To put his efficiency into context, he is scoring only 1.0 PPG less than Kobe Bryant while attempting 5.6 fewer shots.
The only player who even comes close to LeBron at the small forward position is Kevin Durant.
From a scoring and rebounding standpoint, the two are almost identical, but there are still two huge differences between the two players. The first is that LeBron James creates far more scoring opportunities for his teammates. James' mark of 6.8 APG this season and 7.0 for his career blow Durant's 3.4 this season and 2.8 for his career out of the water.
The second advantage to James is his defense. Simply put, LeBron James is one of the best in the league defensively and can guard pretty much any position. Kevin Durant is by no means a bad defender, but compared to LeBron James he might as well be.
Runner-up: Kevin Durant (OKC)