Is Kevin Durant a More Complete Player Than LeBron James?

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Is Kevin Durant a More Complete Player Than LeBron James?
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Prepare for some serious rehashing with a twist.

Who's the better player, LeBron James or Kevin Durant? It's been asked before and it will be asked again. Each and every time, the same conclusion will be drawn: LeBron is, now shut up.

Growing weary of answering the same question, an easier course of action is to dismiss it. Bury it beneath what we know. LeBron is the better player because: reasons. Championships. MVPs. 

Easily lost in all that is Durant, who clearly isn't the better player but is starting to make a case for himself as the more complete talent. And yes, there is a difference.

Allow me to point you toward Dwight Howard, often heralded as the league's best center. At one time, he was the league's unquestioned King of the 5. But there have always been more versatile big men. Better shooters and passers. That's what I'm talking about.

Durant has come into his own in all facets of the game. Once a glorified version of Carmelo Anthony, he's now one of the best two-way talents in the Association. This was never more apparent than it was in the Oklahoma City Thunder's most recent victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, when Durant almost registered a 5x5 stat line, going for 32 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds, four steals and four blocks.

Quietly, Durant has become a nightly triple-double threat. Underrated playmaker. Fierce rebounder. 

Slowly but surely, he's allowed us to ask if it's possible he could be looking up at LeBron in status, but down on him as a finished product. 

 

*All stats in this article were compiled from NBA.com, Basketball-Reference and Synergy Sports (subscription required) and are accurate as of Dec. 2, 2013 unless otherwise noted.

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