Since free-agency has ended I have had this topic on my mind. Who will end up having a better legacy in the NBA at the end of their careers? LeBron James or Kevin Durant? Most people would say LeBron, but it's not that simple. For instance, say the Heat win titles with the big three. Those titles would really give Dwayne Wade more credibility than LeBron because it still remains Wade's team. Say the thunder win some titles, which could definitely happen, Kevin Durant's stock would rise as one of the best in the NBA, because the Thunder is his franchise, at least for the next five years because Durant signed a 5-year extension with Oklahoma City.
Now unlike other people in sports, I am not bashing LeBron for leaving Cleveland, it's his choice, he saw an opportunity of a lifetime in Miami so he took it. People don't understand the situation and nobody really does except for LeBron. If you remember correctly about a week and a half before LeBron made "The Decision", the Cavs were rumered in a possible sign-and-trade for Chris Bosh, but Bosh clearly stated that he wasn't at all interested in playing in Cleveland. That could also have been because the three had already decided on Miami, but you never know. Maybe LeBron was trying to get Bosh to go to Cleveland so he could stay.
Now as far as Kevin Durant goes, his Thunder are clearly not very far from being one of the best teams in the league. Clearly it come down to a big man presence down low to bang with the Lakers bigs, and a player to come off the bench and be productive. The big man could be solved with rookie center, Cole Aldrich from Kansas. If Aldrich works out the Thunder could clearly have one of the best starting lineups in the league. Also, Serge Ibaka has to perform as he did in the playoffs at a consistent rate.
The very young and athletic Thunder gave the Lakers a series to remember. The Thunder weren't really expected to play at that elite level, but did. The series did end 4-2 with the Lakers winning, but much like the Lakers vs. Suns series, a couple games could have went either way. Like Game 2 in Los Angeles, the Lakers won 95-92. And the exciting Game 6, in which Pau Gasol hit a game-winning shot to win 95-94. The series was still a good way to end the season for not just the Thunder, but for Kevin Durant as well. Ending the season as the youngest ever scoring champion (30.1), made him finish runner up to LeBron James. So the question still remains for me. Who will have the better legacy when it's all said and done?
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