Are Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook Better Than LeBron James and Dwyane Wade?

LeBron BryantAnalyst IMarch 26, 2012

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 16:  Kevin Durant #35 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrate after a 3 pointer during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on March 16, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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It's hard to even fathom such a statement one year ago.

Heck, it's hard to fathom this statement even a week ago.

But are Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook a better duo than LeBron James and Dwyane Wade?

The Oklahoma City Thunder's tandem is quietly taking over the NBA. The two are well-known All-Stars who are trying to push their games to the next level. They're young, talented and full of passion.

Oklahoma City has become a top title contender, and the guys running the show are only 23 years old! That's right, they're kids. The pair is young but nothing about their game is immature. The guys play with intelligence, spark and extreme urgency.

The great thing about Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook is their effort night in and night out. They give a maximum effort and find ways to play big every game.

This tends to be the opposite for the opposing duo of James and Wade.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are future Hall of Famers who have very few flaws, but the troubling thing is their lack of urgency, even at their age.

One would think the OKC duo is the elder of the bunch by their play. The Heatles duo often starts games dry and rarely finishes with the Thunder's zeal. When OKC takes a loss, they come back with a vengeance. When Miami loses a big game, they tend to let it negatively affect them the next night.

When OKC was embarrassed in Utah a week ago, Durant was very upset. The next game the L.A. Clippers felt the wrath of the Thunder.

Miami also suffered an infamous loss to the same Jazz earlier this season, only to be destroyed by the L.A. Lakers the next game.

Sure, Westbrook and Durant have their issues, but so do Miami's guys, and who would want their problems?

If I'm a Thunder fan, I would be happy Russell Westbrook is not timid about shooting the ball. He misses sometimes, but who doesn't? The guys in South Beach, meanwhile, can't figure out who wants to shoot!

The tide seems to be shifting, however fleeting.

Everything this season has pointed to a younger, hungrier duo shocking the guys in Miami.

I would love to answer the question of who is the best, but unfortunately, that time has not quite come.

Only in the playoffs will this question be atoned for, when it matters most.


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