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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