Jan 29 2014 11:05AM

Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James


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Kevin Durant is taller (KD listed at 6-9, but is more like 6-10, according to player comparisons; LJ is 6-8).

LeBron James weighs more (LBJ is listed at 250, but is more like 270, according to team trainers; KD is 240).

Kevin Durant is a better scorer (KD scores a league-best 31.3 points in 38.1 minutes per game; LJ is 26.0 ppg in 36.9 mpg).

LeBron James is a more-efficient shooter (LBJ has a league-best .659 true shooting percentage; KD has a .645 tsp).

Kevin Durant is a better three-point shooter (KD makes 2.2 treys per game at 41.9 percent; LJ makes 1.3 treys per game at 37.5 percent).

LeBron James is a better finisher in the paint (LBJ makes 6.4 shots in the restricted area at 76.0 percent; KD makes 4.5 shots in the restricted area at 63.8 percent).

Kevin Durant is a better mid-range shooter (KD makes 1.4 mid-range shots per game at 46.7 percent; LJ makes 1.0 mid-range shots per game at 37.6 percent).

LeBron James has better shot selection (LBJ, who takes 16.4 attempts per game, averages 3.5 trey attempts, 8.4 restricted area shots and 7.5 free throw attempts per game; KD, who takes 19.8 attempts per game, averages 5.2 trey attempts, 7.0 restricted area shots and 10.1 free throw attempts per game).

Kevin Durant is a better free-throw shooter (KD makes 8.9 free throws per game at 88.1 percent; LJ makes 5.7 free throws per game at 75.3 percent).

LeBron James fouls less (LBJ commits 1.7 personal fouls in 36.9 minutes per game; KD fouls 2.2 times in 38.1 minutes per game).

Kevin Durant gets more steals and blocked shots (KD averages 1.5 steals and 0.9 blocks per game; LJ averages 1.3 steals and 0.3 blocks per game).

LeBron James is a better defender (LBJ had a +1.4 Regularized Adjusted Plus Minus in 2012-13; KD had a 0.0).

Kevin Durant is a better defensive rebounder (KD has 7.1 defensive rebounds in 38.1 minutes per game; LJ has 5.9 defensive rebounds in 36.9 minutes per game).

LeBron James is a better offensive rebounder (LBJ has 1.0 offensive rebounds in 36.9 minutes per game; KD has 0.7 offensive rebounds in 38.1 minutes per game).

Kevin Durant commits fewer turnovers (KD has 3.4 turnovers per game at a 12.2 percent rate, which is turnovers per 100 plays; LJ has 3.5 turnovers per game at a 15.1 percent rate).

LeBron James is a better passer (LBJ has 6.3 assists per game at a 32.0 percent rate, which is estimate of teammates' field goals assisted while on floor; KD has 5.2 assists per game at a 24.9 percent rate).

Kevin Durant is the favorite to win the 2013-14 MVP award (it would be KD's first).

LeBron James is a four-time NBA MVP (LBJ won MVP in 2012-13, 2011-12, 2009-10 and 2008-09).

Kevin Durant plays LeBron James and the Miami Heat at 7 p.m. (Eastern Time) Wednesday on ESPN.

LeBron James plays Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder at 7 p.m. (Eastern Time) Wednesday on ESPN.

May the best man win.

SOURCES: Stats.NBA.com, Basketball-Reference.com.