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Kevin Durant Names His All-Time NBA Mount Rushmore

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Ben LeibowitzCorrespondent IIIFebruary 14, 2014

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant has divulged his all-time NBA Mount Rushmore, which includes two Los Angeles Lakers legends.

Days after LeBron James listed his personal NBA Mount Rushmore of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson to NBA TV's Steve Smith, KD followed suit with his four members: MJ, Bird, Magic and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

The only difference between each superstar is the fourth guy on the mountain. LBJ, after much deliberation, went with the Big O. Durant, meanwhile, chose Laker legend and NBA all-time scoring leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Choosing the top four NBA players of all time is an extremely subjective process—as Bleacher Report's Adam Fromal pointed out in his recent article on the subject.

It's curious that neither James nor Durant went with 11-time champion and five-time MVP Bill Russell. The Boston Celtics legend played 13 professional seasons and made the All-Star team 12 times.

Although Russell would be on my Mount Rushmore of NBA legends, it's always interesting to hear different opinions—especially from the two best players in the league today.

Durant put the rest of the league on notice in the first half of 2013-14, leading OKC to a league-best 43-12 record entering the All-Star break despite the fact that Russell Westbrook has missed all but 25 games due to injury.

KD scored 30 or more points in 12 straight games from Jan. 7 through Jan. 29, four away from the all-time record held by Kobe Bryant (16). The Thunder went 9-3 in those games.

Given how the 25-year-old has played during his seventh professional season, I think it's fair to say he can put whoever he wants on his all-time NBA Mount Rushmore.

Who knows, if he starts winning multiple championships moving forward, he may find his face up there one day. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.

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