LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant in Flag Football: Mock Drafting Their 2 Teams
Kevin Durant made headlines after interacting with a fan on Twitter and agreeing to play in his flag football game at Oklahoma State University.
After expressing how bored the extended lockout had left him, Durant responded with a simple "can I play?" tweet when a fan told him that he needed a deep threat for his game in Stillwater on Monday night.
When it was all said and done, Durant had said he had a ton of fun with his new group of teammates, and even logged four touchdown passes as well as three interceptions on defense.
Using seven-on-seven squads, let's take a look at how Team Durant would fare against Team LeBron.
Note: Rosters have been constructed using recent players involved in exhibition games with both Durant and James.
Quarterback: Kevin Durant
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Durant starred as the quarterback in the exhibition, so there's no reason to take the ball out of his hands now.
With elusive moves in the form of lateral movement, Durant's extended throwing motion wouldn't be too big of a hurdle considering he can sling it down the field.
It may not exactly be customary to have a quarterback of his size, but he's the definition of a game-changer and would certainly be fun to watch.
Wide Receiver: Ty Lawson
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Think he's too small? That's what people use to say about Wes Welker, too.
He's quick, explosive and can get past just about anyone, and those who are sleeping on his abilities to succeed out of the slot may very well be looking over him to a crippling extent.
There's a lot to love about what he could bring to the table, and it's never a good idea to bet against a motivated underdog.
Wide Receiver: Tyreke Evans
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Evans' athleticism is downright filthy.
If a nasty battle with plantar fasciitis hadn't put a dent into his sophomore campaign, fans would be buzzing about what an epic third season the franchise face of the Kings may very well enjoy when the league gets up and running.
He has one of the nastiest crossovers currently in the league, and just imagine how many ankles he could break with a shake-'n'-bake move in the open field.
Wide Receiver: Michael Beasley
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Beasley's inclusion might be a surprise for some people reading this list, but that wingspan is too tantalizing to pass up.
You want a tough wide receiver to add to the group? Look no further than Beasley, who definitely wouldn't be afraid to run his way out of some press coverage.
He could really do some damage and would be near un-coverable for a jump ball thrown up in the end zone, something that would have him a head above the competition.
Tight End: Jeff Green
Green may not come to mind instantaneously when considering ballers who might make for a prolific tight end, but at 6'9", 235 lbs and with a load of athleticism, he makes for a fairly obvious candidate to serve at the position.
He's a good buddy of Durant's from when the two were in Oklahoma City together, and the connection may very well be just like Aaron Rodgers and Jermichael Finley.
I'd even bet that Durant would flash a championship belt pose afterward.
Running Back: John Wall
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Have you seen how fast John Wall is with a basketball in his hands?
Just imagine if he didn't have to dribble.
While Wall might seem a little small for the position, we have to remember that this is flag football, so he's not going to endure any harsh tackles should they be thrown his way.
Instead, Wall would have the ability to use his unbelievable wheels to make defenders extremely frustrated continually throughout the action.
Offensive Line: DeMarcus Cousins
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Seriously, how are you going to deal with this kid?
He's got a downright fearsome attitude on the court, and there's no reason to think that the same intensity he brings to basketball wouldn't translate to the offensive line.
While Cousins might struggle a bit with movement off of the line, there's no reason to believe he wouldn't be a valuable component in protection.
Quarterback: Chris Paul
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Some people refer to the point guard position as the quarterback, so it's only logical that Chris Paul star in the leading role for his group.
He knows exactly what to do with the ball in his hands, and it's really hard to imagine that he'd make a poor decision with the ball.
CP3 knows how to make the educated choices and rarely forces an ill-advised decision.
Wide Receiver: James Harden
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It's officially time to fear that beard.
Harden's athleticism is vastly underrated, and it's amazing to see what he's been able to accomplish in a whirlwind of exhibition action this summer.
Dunking on the opposition's head with regularity, Harden would make some Dwyane Bowe-esque catches if given the opportunity.
Wide Receiver: Carmelo Anthony
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Anthony would be one cumbersome target to cover.
While some might like him better as a tight end, Anthony could very well make Dez Bryant's physical style of play an afterthought at the wide receiver position.
While he definitely won't be suiting up to join Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos anytime soon, Anthony could provide surprising value out wide.
Wide Receiver: DeMar DeRozan
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Anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing DeMar DeRozan dunk a basketball knows not to write off his elite athletic abilities.
DeRozan has the size at 6'7" and 220 lbs that would make him excel at the position, and there's no question that any defensive back covering him wouldn't have a single chance of catching a ball in the end zone over him.
It's astounding how many continue to overlook DeRozan, but that certainly won't be the case for very much longer.
Tight End: LeBron James
We've talked about this for a long, long time and now here's his chance to make it happen.
The thing about LeBron James is his natural athletic ability makes him an easy option for any offensive skill position, but he would be a ridiculous force if he lined up at tight end.
Good luck defending him or attempting to deflect a pass away from him, and once he's got the ball firmly in his grasp, it's impossible to match him stride for stride.
Running Back: Brandon Jennings
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Jennings is a little thin, but one thing is certainly for sure: His speed is absolutely disgusting.
Watching him run a fast break is a thing of beauty when evaluating solely in terms of his speed, and with Wall lining up at the opposing RB spot, fans know that Jennings is going to be looking to put on an absolute show.
It would be an unbelievable show, that's certain.
Offensive Line: Reggie Evans
Evans is known as someone who doesn't express any hesitancy about delving into confrontations, and he's earned a reputation as an aggressive player around the league.
Cleaning up the boards with amazing efficiency, Mr. Rebound would look right into Cousins' eyes and give him a stare nasty enough to shake him out of even thinking about rushing the passer.
There's no question that Evans is a perfect candidate for the role, and it would be phenomenal to see him pitted up against Cousins in a one-on-one matchup of big men on the gridiron.
Toss that chalk up, LeBron.
In what would be a back-and-forth barn burner for the ages, I'm going to carefully predict that the outcome would be in the favor of James' squad, but the action would come down to the final play.
Likely to be the No. 1 play on SportsCenter's Top 10 after it's all said and done, a solid spiral from Paul to a wide open tight end in James accounts for the game's final score.
MVP: James Harden, four TD receptions and two INTs
Prediction: Team LeBron 63, Team Durant 56