LeBron James and Kevin Durant are inarguably two of the greatest players of their generation. Although their accolades largely speak for themselves, two in particular stand out.
First and foremost James is a four-time NBA champ, while Durant is a two-time champ. Secondly, James is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (and a one-time bronze medalist) while Durant is a three-time gold medalist.
So who is the superior player?
This week, Fox Sports broadcaster Skip Bayless aimed to answer that question.
After Durant helped lead Team USA over France on Friday to clinch gold in the 2020 Games, Bayless declared him the greatest Olympic basketball player ever.
“That clinches it,” he wrote. “Kevin Durant is our greatest Olympic basketball player ever. Our greatest scorer and greatest leader. Three Olympic golds and a FIBA World Championship MVP. You watching, LeBron?”
It’s tough to argue with Bayless’ assessment. Over the course of three gold medal games, Durant’s numbers look like this: 30 points in the 2012 London Games, 30 points in the 2016 Rio Games, and 29 points this year’s Tokyo Games.
— Game 7 (@game7__) August 7, 2021
While the guy that was supposed to be Team USA’s second-best players was struggling and ultimately getting benched, Durant was coming up huge for the American side.
Although many consider James superior to Durant, so much so that Steve Kerr once famously told the latter to be more like the former, one is clearly better on the world stage – and that’s Durant.
Will all the momentum Durant picked up in the Olympics carry over to the Brooklyn Nets and their title aspirations next season? Time will tell.