In the midst of a hard-fought season, the battle for the throne is still waging between the league's best players. In Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo is leading the Bucks to the best record in the NBA despite a slew of injuries plaguing the team. In Dallas, young stud Luka Doncic has the Mavericks in the title conversation as he posts historic numbers.
And, of course, there is Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James, who are among the NBA's best two-way players. Now in Los Angeles, the debate as to who owns the title as best in the NBA often begins with these two players.
On ESPN's First Take, that was the very subject of one fiery conversation. After Max Kellerman admitted he would rather have Kawhi over the King, the infamous Stephen A. Smith had more than a thing or two to say about it.
The debate really kicked off in last season's playoffs, where an absent LeBron was forced to sit and watch as Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors to their first-ever NBA Championship. Form that moment, many in the community considered it a passing of the torch.
Bron has responded well to his failure last year. At nearly 35-years-old, James is averaging 25.9 points, 10.6 assists, and 7.4 rebounds on 49% shooting as the Lakers sit at the very top of the Conference.
No matter your opinion on which player you'd rather have, you have to admit that neither player has made it an easy conversation to have.