5 Individual NBA Player Rivalries We Want to See Blossom in 2014-15

November 22nd, 2014 by Stephen Babb Leave a reply »
The 2012 NBA Finals put the league's most compelling new rivalry on full display, a five-game series pitting the game's best all-around player against its best pure scorer.

The Miami Heat ultimately prevailed 4-1 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but the stage was set for what may become this generation's most high-profile player rivalry. LeBron James now has four MVPs and two championships to his name. Kevin Durant—the reigning MVP—led the league in scoring for a fourth time last season with 32 points per contest.

These two may rekindle their rivalry in the not-too-distant future, but Durant first must recover from a foot fracture that's sidelined him so far this season. Fortunately, there are some intriguing individual matchups on the horizon, rivalries to watch down the stretch of the 2014-15 season and beyond.

We ranked five pairs of rival stars and used an admittedly subjective criterion: Which battles will be most spectacular in the coming months and years? From dueling point guards to next-generation big men, these matchups are on the verge of blowing up.

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