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NBA Finals: Kevin Durant or LeBron James? Draymond Green gives nod to KD

Cleveland's LeBron James drives . . . ahem

Cleveland's LeBron James drives . . . ahem . . . physically against Draymond Green during the first half of Game 2 on Sunday, June 4, 2017, won by host Golden State, 132-113. Credit: AP / Ben Margot

CLEVELAND — LeBron James and Kevin Durant are widely considered the two best players in the world right now. But Warriors forward Draymond Green gives Durant an edge.

Green said if you had to “create” a player, you would make Durant.

“LeBron is a great player, but ‘K’ is great,” Green said before Warriors practice Tuesday. “I think ‘KD’ is like a created player. If you go in and create this player and he can do everything he wants to do, you’re probably going to create Kevin Durant. He’s special. But both of those guys are special.

“I don’t think either one of them is out here playing in these Finals for the title of best player in the world. They’re playing for a title, an NBA title.”

Durant has been brilliant through the first two games of the NBA Finals, both won by the Warriors. He’s averaging 35.5 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists; James is averaging a triple-double.

It’s not surprising that Green would back his Warriors teammate. He and James also have some history from last year’s Finals. In Game 4 after Green fell to the floor, James stepped over him. Green immediately swung his arm up at James and was suspended for Game 5, which was when the Cavaliers began their comeback from a 3-1 series deficit.

James is the best all-around player in the league and has been for many years. He’s 6-8 and can do whatever he wants on the court — set up teammates, guard multiple positions, attack the basket — and he has improved his outside shooting. A four-time MVP, James has led his teams to seven consecutive Finals and three championships.

Durant is the best scorer in the NBA, but he continues to show he can do more than just put the ball in the basket. He’s developed into a strong defender and had five blocks in Game 2.

This is only the second trip to the Finals for Durant, a former MVP. He led Oklahoma City to the Finals in 2012, but James and the Heat beat the Thunder.

“I think that’s the last thing on both of their minds: Who’s going to say who’s better,” Green said. “At the end of the day, it don’t matter. If you don’t win, and someone says he’s the best player in the world, what do you get from that? But you get a lot more from getting a ring. I think that’s both of those guys’ focus.

“If I had to look at it from the outside looking in, I would be willing to bet that both of them would rather have a title than that title.”

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