LeBron vs Durant

LeBron vs DurantFrom 1986 to 1998, Michael Jordan rattled off 10 straight scoring titles in the full seasons he played, along with 6 straight NBA championships from 1990 to 1998, minus the 2 years he wasn’t in the league. There’s very little doubt from anyone who was around to witness it that he probably would’ve made it 12 straight scoring titles and 8 straight championships had he not been suspended for gambling… err… I mean, decided to go wallow in AA baseball obscurity. I’ve seen and heard a lot of the ridiculous Lebron/Jordan comparisons lately, and considering any knowledgeable basketball fan or ex-player who actually saw Jordan play in his prime and doesn’t have an axe to grind with him knows they’re absolutely preposterous, I decided to point out which player LeBron is actually best compared to.

Never mind Jordan, the parallels between LeBron and Kevin Durant are actually ridiculously similar. LeBron couldn’t get the team that drafted him over the hump, Durant couldn’t get the team that drafted him over the hump. LeBron left to a team with established stars that could win him his first title, Durant went to a team with established stars that could win him a title. Wade, Bosh, and Ray Allen for LeBron… Curry, Draymond, and Klay for Durant. Neither player has any idea what it takes to be a leader. LeBron defers to other stars in big moments of big games and does the I, I, I, me, me, me thing to alienate his teammates, and Durant used to defer to Westbrook and openly admitted that he’s not a good leader so the Warriors were a perfect fit for him. LeBron has averaged 27.2 points over his career, Durant has averaged 27.2 points over his career. LeBron has averaged 7.3 rebounds over his career, Durant has averaged 7.2 rebounds over his career. LeBron has averaged 7.1 assists over his career, Durant has averaged 3.8 assists over his career. LeBron has shot 50% over his career, padded by numerous emphatic dunks, Durant has shot 49% over his career. LeBron has hit 34% of his 3’s over his career, Durant has hit 38% of his 3’s over his career. LeBron has hit 74% of his free throws over his career, Durant has hit 88% of his free throws over his career. LeBron has averaged 28/9/7 in his playoff career on 49% shooting, 33% threes, and 74% free throws, Durant has averaged 29/8/4 in his playoff career on 47% shooting, 34% threes, and 85% free throws. The numbers are almost identical across the board, with LeBron being a better passer and dunker (using his big body to muscle his way in), while Durant has been the better shooter and scorer (using his lanky body and absurd wingspan to shoot over anyone and everyone.)

Other numbers that favor Durant (7 seasons) as a scorer over LeBron (13 seasons):

LeBron has led the league in free throws once, Durant has led the league in free throws 5 times. LeBron has never led the league in points, and has one scoring (points per game) title, Durant has led the league in points 5 times and has 4 scoring titles.

Say what you will about either player, but aside from LeBron being a better passer and dunker, and Durant being a better shooter and scorer… these two guys’ careers are almost identical.
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