The Franchise Choice: LeBron James or Kevin Durant?

August 7th, 2010 by Erik Landau Leave a reply »
Let's assume for a moment that an NBA Draft was to be held today and every player in the league was up for grabs. You are beginning your franchise and can have any player as you hold the No. 1 pick. You can acquire the 2006 Finals MVP in Dwyane Wade, CP3 Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, or even the savvy veteran Kobe Bryant.

In the end, all five of those choices are great; but for the sake of discussion there are only two I want to put up for debate and they are LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Comparing these two and finally making a choice is a tough process in itself. The "King" and "Durantla" have things going for and against them in this debate so let's get to it.


LeBron James is currently 25 years old, while Kevin Durant is currently 21. A four year age gap is between them which would benefit Duarnt in the long term. His body is still developing as it is normal for many 21-year-olds since their muscles are slowly building on their bodies. We have seen glimpses of Durant's full potential and it could be scary if he can put it all together the next couple of seasons. If he had stayed in college like Tim Duncan at Wake Forest, he ...

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