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Dwight Howard would rather have Kevin Durant than LeBron James on his team

US Kevin Durant celebrates after winning

US Kevin Durant celebrates after winning the World Championship basketball final match Turkey vs. USA, on September 12, 2010 in Istanbul. USA won 81 to 64 and Lithuania placed third. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Magic center Dwight Howard recently sat down for an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Dan Patrick.

During the course of it, Patrick asked Dwight Howard who he’d rather have as a teammate -- Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder or LeBron James of the Miami Heat. After hesitating briefly, Howard went with Durant, who’s fresh off leading Team USA to a FIBA World Championship.

This isn’t the first time Howard has chosen Durant over LeBron -- when asked who the NBA MVP last April, Howard told the hosts of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” that he thought Durant should win the award, with Amar’e Stoudemire coming in a close second and James finishing third.

Howard told Patrick that he had a “chance to talk to [Durant] in high school, at a camp.” Durant and Howard were also both represented by Aaron Goodwin before Howard left the agency in late April. LeBron left Goodwin’s agency in 2005. Howard and James played together in international competition in both 2007 and 2008.

Last season, LeBron received 116 out of a possible 122 1st-place votes for the MVP award -- Durant had the second-most first place votes with four. Many feel that Durant is a favorite to win the MVP award next season because of the feeling that Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade will take possessions away from LeBron as Durant and the Thunder continue to improve.