By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on May 4, 2014
I want to preface this slideshow with the fact that LeBron James is the best defensive player in the league. I know that Joakim Noah just won defensive player of the year, but he also just got worked over by Nene. James is brilliant, but I happen to think a certain DMV native is the best pure scorer in the league. These are the five reasons why Kevin Durant is a more polished offensive player than James at this point. Enjoy.
Durant's stepback jumper is a thing of beauty, and King James' dagger is not quite there yet. You can tell that James keeps getting better at it, but for the Oklahoma City Thunder forward it is simply a muscular habit at this point.
Yes, I will admit Durant had some trouble posting up Tony Allen, but a lot of people have issues with that. Mr. Reliable is not alone there.
Durant has shown a clutch ability to make shots, whereas James is more of a playmaker in the game's final moments. If I had to give the ball to one player in the league, and there was only enough time on the clock for one shot, then there is no question that Durant is my pick.
You could tell that Kevin Durant was hurt by the headline that the Oklahoman ran, but he still used it as motivation. LeBron James deflects most criticism about his game, but Durant has the ability to channel his rage about it. That is a dangerous ability.
Durant is able to finish with an assortment of floaters and scoop layups around the rim that remind many of George Gervin. He is the re-incarnated Iceman. We were treated over the last week to his actual nickname being created though; he is Mr. Reliable.
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