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Durant says he “doesn’t think he’s on LeBron’s level.”

Kevin Durant

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant shoots during a USA basketball team practice at Valley High School on Thursday, July 23, 2009, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)


At some point, LeBron/Durant debates are going to become inevitable, but one man thinks it’s a bit early to start comparing LeBron and Durant in earnest -- Kevin Durant.

At Thunder media day, Durant was succinct when asked about James, saying “I don’t think I’m on LeBron’s level. I’m working to get there, but I’m not there yet.” (Hat tip to Royce Young of Daily Thunder for the quotes.)

The characteristically humble and understated Durant also had some kind things to say about the controversial Heat forward off the court, saying that “LeBron is a great player, but one thing people don’t realize is that he might be a better person.”

James averaged 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game last season. Durant averaged 30.1 points per game, 7.6 rebounds per game, and 2.8 assists per game.