Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
You saw the iconic three-point shot in the 2017 NBA Finals, which Kevin Durant launched right in the mug of LeBron James, helping the Golden State Warriors take the NBA Championship title back from James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. That wasn’t coincidental, either. There’s a belief in some basketball circles that Durant is quietly measuring himself against LeBron, and has a burning desire to be recognized as being on par with — if not greater than — James himself. James might be the better all-around player at this point in their careers, but there are few players in the NBA who have the pure offensive firepower possessed by Durant.