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The Game Everyone Wants To Watch: Team LeBron vs. Team Kyrie

The Game Everyone Wants To Watch Team LeBron vs. Team Kyrie

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are two of the most polarizing players in NBA history. You either love them or you hate them, there's no in-between. Nonetheless, regardless of where you stand about them, you gotta admit that they're two of the best to ever do it.

Ever since they teamed up in Cleveland, people often try to put Kyrie Irving and LeBron James against each other. Hell, even Kyrie has taken some not-so-subtle and uncalled shots at James from time to time, which only fuels the fire of their fans and haters.

Some say that James turned Kyrie into a Champion, others believe that Kyrie's the reason why James won with the Cavs in the first place. Whatever the case may be, wouldn't you love to see them settle that on the court joined by some of their finest teammates? Well, just for the sake of the argument, that's exactly what we're going to do right now.

Poing Guard: Dwyane Wade vs. Kyrie Irving

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Dwyane Wade is perhaps the greatest teammate LeBron James ever had, not only because of his talent and his impact but also because he embraced a lesser role in his team to let James thrive. And while he's not a pure point guard, he's more than capable of running the point, and he can do it all on both ends of the floor, except for being a consistent three-point shooter.

Kyrie Irving is nowhere near the lockdown defender Dwyane Wade was. Besides steals and attacking passing lanes, he just doesn't put up much effort in that regard. Then again, he makes up for it by having arguably the greatest handles and layup package ever. Kyrie's offensive game just doesn't have any flaws, and even though he's not a pass-first kind of guy, he's got some insane playmaking skills.

Shooting Guard: Ray Allen vs. Jaylen Brown

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LeBron James had the final version of Ray Allen by his side and that's exactly what he needed to thrive. He's one of the best shooters ever, a willing passer, and a better defender than people credit him for. Still, when he was in his prime, he was way more than just a catch-and-shoot kind of guy. He was aggressive, athletic, and explosive.

Jaylen Brown continues to improve on every single aspect of his game as the years go by. He's no longer just a defender and an athlete, as he's expanded his offense and has become a reliable shooter from all three levels. He doesn't get the credit he deserves but he's a great leader on and off the court as well.

Small Forward: LeBron James vs. Jayson Tatum

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Well, this guy doesn't need much of a cover letter. LeBron James is one of the greatest players of all time, the ultimate point forward, and a guy with little-to-no flaws in his game. Back in his prime, he was one of the best defenders in the league, and his basketball IQ is perhaps the highest in league history. He can score, rebound, create for others, you name it.

Some people believe that Jayson Tatum will carry LeBron James' torch as the best small forward in the league and I won't be the one to disagree. Despite his age, he's already an experienced guy and a bonafide player in this league. His defense is way better than people say, and he's a walking bucket from all three levels with a great feel for knocking down huge shots.

Power Forward: Chris Bosh vs. Kevin Durant

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Chris Bosh doesn't get the credit he deserves and people tend to forget just how much of a beast he was during his days with the Toronto Raptors. His length, ball-handling, and ability to knock down shots from the perimeter came in huge for the Miami Heat's Big 3, as well as his maturity to accept his new role.

Kevin Durant, on the other hand, is perhaps the greatest scorer of all time. He's the ultimate cheat code, a seven-footer that can put the ball on the floor pull-up, cut, create for others, and then swat shots into the stands. He's a once-in-a-lifetime kind of player and it seems like he's getting along just fine with Kyrie.

Center: Anthony Davis vs. DeAndre Jordan

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Anthony Davis is the most talented teammate LeBron James has ever had and he's the first to outscore him throughout a season. Davis is one of the most versatile and dominant two-way players in the league, a guy that has guard skills and the size of a big man, and a player that can lock down the best bigs and average 25+ points per game.

DeAndre Jordan has never been much of an offensive factor, to say the least. He's a rim-runner, a great finisher, and a threat above the rim thanks to his athleticism. Jordan makes a living out of swatting shots, protecting the rim, and dominating both sides of the glass. Just don't ask him to knock down a free throw.

Game Analysis

Needless to say, a game between these two squads, all in their prime, would go down to the wire. No team has a huge edge over the other as they're both pretty balanced and well round-up.

Team LeBron gets the nod when it comes to playmaking, as he and Dwyane Wade are more than capable of running the offense. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant can also do it, but neither is a pass-first kind of player, and the rest of his teammates aren't great ball-handlers.

When it comes to shooting, you could go either way here. Yes, DeAndre Jordan can't buy a bucket outside of the restricted area, but it's not like Dwyane Wade is a consistent three-point shooter ever. If we talk about scoring, though, Team LeBron gets the edge with 5 20+ points-per-game scorers, even if none of them is better than Kevin Durant.

In terms of defense, things are pretty close once again. Perhaps, Team Kyrie has a slight edge with 4 players that can play lockdown defense, but Kyrie continues to be a liability.

At the end of the day, it may all go down to the intangibles. Team LeBron features plenty of Championship experience and players that have thrived through adversity rather than running away from it. Wade, Allen, James, Bosh, and Davis are all NBA Champions and all played huge roles in their wins.

Durant is a 2-time Finals MVP and is a bonafide superstar in the postseason. However, Tatum and Brown have a bright future ahead of them but have kind of underperformed in the playoffs, and Kyrie couldn't make the playoffs until James came to Cleveland. Jordan, on the other hand, has never made it past the second round.

That's why we believe that Team LeBron will get a three-point win if they ever meet, and we just hope there are plenty of cameras around to record this exciting matchup.

Final Result

Team LeBron vs. Team Kyrie: 121-118

MVP: LeBron James (30 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists)

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