The Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder have had their share of matches against each other, but there seems to be no feud between Cavs’ very own LeBron James and Thunder star Kevin Durant.
In a report by ESPN, the article relays how James is very open in recognizing Durant’s skills. The sports website quotes James in saying:
“He’s a 7-footer with 6-foot ballhandling skills and a jump shot. And athleticism. It’s never been done in our league. Never had a guy that’s 7 foot, can jump like that, can shoot like that, handle the ball like that. So it sets him apart.”
However, Durant’s physicality and characteristics as an athlete is not the only thing that James noticed. According to ESPN, James is keen on observing Durant’s potential and goes as far in saying that the player can unseat Kareem-Abdul Jabbar as NBA’s “all-time leading scorer.”
In matters of comparison between the two players, USA Today offers a breakdown of how Durant’s and James’ stats fare out.
USA Today provides the following comparison of the players in terms of the regular season and postseason.
James vs. Durant (regular season) — 29.3 points, 6.5 assists, 6.4 rebounds, 2.2 steals, 52.8% field-goal percentage, 36.6% three-point percentage.
Durant vs. James (regular season) — 29.4 points, 3.6 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 48.6% field-goal percentage, 41.5% three-point percentage.
James vs. Durant (postseason) — 28.6 points, 7.4 assists, 10.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 47.2% field-goal percentage, 18.8% three-point percentage.
Durant vs. James (postseason) — 30.6 points, 2.2 assists, 6.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 54.8% field-goal percentage, 39.4% three-point percentage.
Nevertheless, the website does not dismiss the fact that although James was able to to win the championship in 2012 when the two faced off (James was still with the Miami Heat back then), the two players are almost side by side in terms of their career numbers and overall statistics.
In Thursday’s game though, the Cleveland Cavaliers showcased a four-point lead win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.