Green says LeBron is great, but Durant is 'a created player'


Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green hailed Kevin Durant and said he preferred his team-mate over Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James.

James has three NBA titles and four league MVPs to his name, while Durant was the MVP in 2014, but has yet to win a championship.

But he has become even more of a superstar during this year's NBA Finals and has been a huge piece in Golden State's perfect postseason thus far.

According to Green, there is one player who, at the moment, edges out the other.

"LeBron is a great player, but KD is great," Green said, via

"I think KD is like a created player. If you create this player and you can do everything you want to do, you are probably going to create Kevin Durant.

"So, he's special. Both of those guys are special."

One aspect to Durant's success this season is how well-rounded he has been during these playoffs.

He is averaging 26.9 points per game - less than two points behind Stephen Curry - and has defended James extremely well.

James has only been able to score 12 points and has turned the ball over six times with Durant on him.

Green said trying to be the best is not a goal either player is trying to achieve.

"I don't think either is out here playing for the title of best player in the world," he said. "They are playing for a title. An NBA title."

"I think that is the last thing on both their minds," Green added. "Who is going to say who is better? End of the day, it doesn't matter.

"If you don't win, and someone says he is the best player in the world, what do you get from that? But you get a lot more from getting a ring. I think that is both of those guys' focus... I'd be willing to bet both of them would rather have a title than that title."