Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Who Has the Edge?

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Small Forward

Warriors: Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes

Thunder: Kevin Durant, DeAndre Liggins, Andre Roberson

April 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates after dunking the ball during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The City Thunder defeated the Warriors 116-97. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Iguodala gives the Warriors a legitimate two-way threat on the wings.  He knows how to score, handle the ball, pass, rebound, and defend.  He knows his efforts might not always show up in the stat sheets, but he will always have an impact on the team.

Kevin Durant’s efforts will always show up on the stat sheet.  He has mentioned that he is tired of always finishing second to people, but he can rest easy knowing he is the best player on either of these teams’ rosters.

Durant is an elite player and the second best player in the league.  His scoring ability and height make him nearly impossible to stop on offense.  He can simply shoot over a defender if he is unable to get around him.

Durant is also making plenty of progress in other areas of his game.  He still turns the ball over quite frequently, but he is turning himself into a better passer.  He is also learning to use his size to rebound better.

Edge: Thunder

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  • Paul Debbas

    To me SF should be a tie cause AI + HB = KD. Thats my opinion

  • Nicholas Mcilroy

    So tip of the hat goes to the Warriors? By my count the Warriors are up 3 to 2.

    The Warriors have a deeper bench and a more balanced starting five. Yet in my book they’re on par now with the addition of Iguodala to shore up their defense.

    The reality is that a five man unit of Douglas or Bazemore, Klay or Bazemore, Iguodala, Speights or Draymond, and Bogut, O’Neal or Ezeli is lock down defensively with the weakest position Power Forward. Yet throw Ezeli or O’Neal into that position and the Warriors have their own twin towers. There’s even a little bit of offense sprinkled into that five man squad.