The gap is obviously closing, if there was ever much of an actual gap in the first place.
In terms of public perception, Kevin Durant is finally catching up to LeBron James.
Now, Durant won’t be crowned anything above LeBron until he crowns himself and raises his own banner, but at least in terms of just how we view the two players on current merit, there isn’t much separation anymore. Durant is the clear leader in the MVP race, and seems to be wrestling away a few LeBron disciples in the process.
But the general feeling still remains that LeBron is the better player. Why? Championships aside — and that’s a hell of a thing to push aside, I realize — the most common explanation for LeBron is the defensive end. Durant is an average defender, LeBron is a great one. Or so that’s what people assume. Keep Reading…