Posted February 16, 2014

Kevin Durant tired of comparisons to LeBron James

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Kevin Durant (left) is averaging five more points per game this season than LeBron James (right). (Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Kevin Durant is averaging five more points per game this season than LeBron James. (Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Widespread opinion among NBA experts is that this could finally be the season Kevin Durant wins the MVP award over LeBron James, who has won four of the last five.

Durant, 25, leads the NBA in scoring at 31.5 points per game, five points more than James, 29, and averages more rebounds per game than James (7.8 to 7.0). But the Miami forward averages more assists (6.6 to 5.5) and is shooting 57.1 percent from the field compared to Durant’s 51.

Either way, Durant said he would like to stop being compared to James.

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When asked during All-Star weekend to gauge on a scale of one to 10 how tired he is of the questions regarding comparisons to James, Durant said, “Um, about a 25. It’s every day, I mean. You should really focus on how good LeBron James is. I think people should appreciate that more than always comparing guys. In our world, you want to compare everything. You judge everything. That’s just how we are.”

Durant was asked at least 10 questions about James or the Miami Heat in his 30-minute session with reporters, according to Michael Wallace of ESPN.com.

The Thunder (43-12) have the best record in the NBA, while the Heat are 37-14. Durant has finished second to James in MVP voting three times.

“Let’s just sit back and judge basketball as we play it; not just LeBron and myself, but other guys in the league, too,” Durant said. “Just enjoy it, because it’s here today and gone tomorrow. A lot of people take it for granted.”

Said James: “I don’t mind [Durant questions] at all. I’m a truthful guy. I don’t sugarcoat nothing.”

16 comments
MerleDickey
MerleDickey

Durant is a humble low key guy. While James will go down as one of the best NBA players of all time he is also a loud mouth jerk.Remember Durant is 4 years younger than James. Let's wait and see in a couple more years.

PackersFanNumeroUno
PackersFanNumeroUno

LBJ could shut down Durant, Durant could not shut down LBJ. Case closed.

AmySkene
AmySkene

No kidding, I'd take Durant over James.  James hadn't won a championship at 25, and I don't think Jordan did either.  Durant is clutch.  He'll get his championships.  Plus he's a humble, likeable guy - not some rap poseur. 

leyahsdad
leyahsdad

come on now sporra NO ONE compares to Michael Jordan NOBODY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sporra01
sporra01

Lebron = Jordan,,,,Durant= Malone. We've seen this all before people.

Listening
Listening

Just my opinion (like it matters) but I would take Durant over "the queen" any day.  He is just a better overall player.  I know that my choice may be in the minority but who cares.  Right????

JackHoff
JackHoff

Exactly, 1 actually plays defense.

unitcaptain11
unitcaptain11

I'm tired of it too.  Sports coverage is so tedious these days.


Anyone want to talk about Peyton Manning's legacy?  Ugg.

JubJub
JubJub

@JackHoff  They both play defense.  Look at the defensive efficiency ratings.  LeBron is the best perimeter defender in the game, but Durant is no slouch.  


Neither of them is capable of defending the other.  

MerleDickey
MerleDickey

@PackersFanNumeroUno @AmySkene  Why would you say that? He definitely isn't a punk. I didn't see James donating a million dollars to tornado victims and  money to the east coast hurricane victims.He is a very quiet  guy. They are both remarkable  players and fun to watch.