Why Kevin Durant still has work to do to become the best

Marc Serota

The Oklahoma City Thunder owned the Miami Heat in the second half of Wednesday night's game, much to the credit of Kevin Durant, but is he ready to surpass LeBron James as the best player in the NBA?

When the Miami Heat started out the game with a 22-4 lead, the game seemed to be much in Miami's control.

Not so fast, said Kevin Durant.

The Oklahoma City Thunder then went on a 108-73 run, after previously trailing the game 22 to 4.

How was that big of a turnaround even possible? Just ask Kevin Durant.

As great as Kevin Durant was in that game, I'm still not ready to kick King James off the throne, and put KD on it. And here's why:

(Also, some of these points I expressed in a recent article.)

If you're the type of person to give up on the game in the 1st quarter, then you probably turned Wednesday's Heat/Thunder game off. If you did, I'm sorry, you missed the two best players in the NBA going at it.

Through the words of ESPN announcer Mike Breen, the game pretty much sounded like this: "Kevin Durant for three.....BANG....LeBron James for 3.....BANG" and so on. There was a stretch in the 3rd quarter where KD and LeBron exchanged baskets repeatedly, making it seem like we weren't watching a 5 on 5 basketball game, but a game of 1 on 1.

But it wasn't a sloppy game of 1 on 1, it was a very enjoyable one to say the least.

Now for the question many of you have been asking, who is the best player in the NBA right now? LeBron James or Kevin Durant? Here's my answer, and why.

Despite what happened last night, LeBron James is still the best player in the NBA, better than Kevin Durant, and here is 1 big reason why:

Rings

Ah, the irony. Just a few years ago LeBron was being criticized for the exact thing. It was what held him back from being the greatest player in the league. In KD's defense, he hasn't had has many heartbreaks in the NBA playoffs and NBA Finals as LeBron has, but Durant has yet to win a ring. Until Kevin Durant can finally come through in the playoffs, just not to get to the NBA Finals, but to win a ring, then we can talk about him being better than LeBron James.

I think the most forgotten thing during this run Kevin Durant is having, is that Russell Westrook has been gone, which is giving Kevin Durant more shot opportunities. Will the return of Russell Westbrook throw Durant off his game? Or can Westbrook finally realize its best for the team for him to take less shots, and try to create more shots for Kevin Durant.

Disagree with anything that was said in the article? Let your voice be heard in the comment section below.

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