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Kevin Durant for MVP over Lebron

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Started: 1/25/2014 Category: Sports
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Gronk1478

Pro

so i Strongly beleive that KD has taken over as the leagues premiere player for this season! although lebron is playing great team basketball and is by no means playing sub par i put him in at second! KD is doing far more to put his team in the win column with far less. As of now Kd is on a 10 game 30 point streak! With highlights of a 54 point game and eh triple double all resulting in wins! this is all done without the help of a premiere point gaurd in russle westbrook. KD has taken command of this team and has come up with nothing short of greatness! Lebron just cant compete at this point! Lebron is by no means having his greatest season as of yet and his team isnt performing to the expectations that they have bestowed upon themselves with there recent acheivments. Why? well simple D wade has not bein a factor due to injures and that has hindered the heat! from my view it seems that lebron cant take over this season like KD has with the thunder! KD for MVP no Doubt!
skyler86

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Kevin Durant has a better jump shot, higher free throw percentage and scores a little more than Lebron. Durant is great player in his own right, comparable to Larry Bird in terms of his three point field goal percentage. Kevin Durant is a game changer in terms of how opposing defenses have to defend the perimeter. Kevin Durant is the MVP IF you're focusing only on offensive production.

As I said, KD changes how teams have to defend the perimeter, but Lebron changes how teams have to defend every square inch of the court; down low, mid range, from the 3 point arch and espescially in the fast break. What's worse is that teams can't focus on stopping him alone. His court vision is the best in the league. He averages nearly double digits in assists. Despite his cocky, "me first" attitude, he is actually a very unselfish player and will do whatever it takes to win.

You can argue that Lebron has it easier, because he has Dwyane Wade to take the pressure off him but Wade isn't the player he used to be, and I think just about anyone would rather have Russel Westbrook as the sidekick over Wade at this point, so if anything, Durant has a better supporting cast. Miami also has absolutely zero physicality from their bigs. When Miami wins, it's because of the heroics of Lebron James.

Perhaps the most under rated portion of Lebrons game is his defense. I've seen my beloved Bulls fall victim to the Cavaliers and Heat multiple times in the post season becaues of Lebrons ability to defend any player on the court. He is the only player in the league that can defend anywhere from the point guard position, to the Center position. I've seen him on Derrick Rose with the game on the line, I've seen him down low blocking Joakim Noah's dunk attempts, I've seen him fly across the court to slap the ball off the glass on what appeared to be a wide open layup attempt. This dude gives maximum effort on every single play.

The heat have won 2 straight titles and have been to the past 3 NBA finals, including when he bested Kevin Durant in 5 games in the 2012 NBA finals. This is why he is the MVP. It's simple really, without him, the Heat wouldn't be anywhere near the NBA finals, with him, they've been to 3 strait and won 2 straight. With Kevin Durant, the Thunder have gotten there once.
Debate Round No. 1
Gronk1478

Pro

I agree that Lebron has Very good court vision and that is deadly because you double team him and hes throwing it to the open man you play him one on one lebrons is gonna beat you and there is no way around it! but Kevin durant has proven that he can do that aswell the only difference is lebron can see the open man better and durant can score much easier so to me that off sets its simple you cant stop either of them ! But as far as pulling the load im going with kd on this season for couple reasons as you say d wade is older and his game is on the decline ! but that has affected lebron as last season they faired much better with a helathy wade ! wade really helps lebron get the w ! i cant say hes struggling this season cause the heat is a preimire team but there not as good as they were last year when there was no question they were the best team ! Kd on the other hand has not seen much of westbrook this season and he has stepped up with impressive performances matched by no single player in the league ( other then melos 62 point night). When we talk whos better overall career wise no doubt you have to go with lebron ! but when were talking 2013- 2014 KIA MVP in my mind it is none other the Kevin Durant It has bein along time since i have sein such an onslaught of offensive power and clutch shots! Now as for defence i cant argue that KD is better cause id be delirious but you must admit Kd has come along way abd is now one of the better defender! which has to account for something when you put that together with his unmatched offensive game ! lastly you metioned supporting casts and Kd having the better of the 2 of them which i disagree with in a way back when OKC lost to the heat in the finals d wayde was in tip top shape and was very affective ! sure they had westbrook to offset him but with waydes expreince and talent id give the match up to wayde ! this was westbrooks first play off finals apperance and his age showed in it ! now a days yes westbrook takes the match up because of his athleticism ! but we can not forget chris bosh as much as people hate him he is very importasnt to the heats recent sucess! hes come along way since toronto and fit in perfect ! then you have role players like allen who spice thing up and the size of oden on the ourt ! lebron has just as much to work with as Kd ! In conclusion i think this season and this season alone KD deserves to be reconized as the league mvp over lebron he has earned it !
skyler86

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Debate Round No. 2
Gronk1478

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skyler86

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Debate Round No. 3
Gronk1478

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skyler86

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Debate Round No. 4
Gronk1478

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by Yanks4eva 3 years ago
Yanks4eva
But westbrooks injured so durant now is doing it by himself advantage durant and lebron is a terrible person who has no sense of loyalty what so ever
Posted by josh1273436 3 years ago
josh1273436
Lebron can defend. KD can't defend as well. Enough said. KD gets the small edge on Lebron in offense this season but the big factor is Lebron is much better at Defense
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