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According to Steve Kerr, LeBron James is the best player in the world, and Kevin Durant -- not Steph Curry -- is the second best.

On Wednesday, Kerr was a guest on The Lowe Post Podcast and was asked the following question:

"Do you think Steph cares about that? Steph is the two-time reigning MVP and I feel like everyone has sort of collectively forgotten how good he is. He was amazing in the Finals, he was really good in the Finals two years ago for which he gets no credit. When you say something like that publicly, are you worried that Steph is gonna be, 'Hey, what about me?' Or just doesn't matter to him?"

"If I worried about it, I wouldn't say it (laughter)," Kerr told Lowe. "That's the beauty of Steph -- he doesn't take that stuff personally. He understands it. Steph is one of the great players in the world. Two-time MVP, incredibly dominant in terms of the way he impacts the game.

"But you're talking about Kevin Durant at 6'11" protecting the rim, and scoring 35 points a game in the Finals, and getting to the line, doing whatever he wants to do."

Durant averaged 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.6 blocks against the Cavs, and shot over 55 percent from the field, over 47 percent from deep and just under 93 percent from the free throw line.

It was truly one of the best Finals performances of all time and he was named Finals MVP.

 

Curry averaged 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 9.4 assists and 2.2 steals, while shooting 44 percent from the field and just under 39 percent from 3-point territory.

"There's a different level of impact that's actually possible for Steph and for KD," Kerr explained. "Steph is my size, he's literally exactly my size. So what he's capable of is all based on his amazing skill.

"In the playoffs especially, when you're having to protect the rim and do so many different things, there has to be a level of physicality that factors in when you're having these kind of conversations about who is the best player in the league.

"And that's why LeBron is there, that's why Kawhi (Leonard) is there, that's why KD is there. That combination of skill and physical sheer force."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller