Is the best player in the NBA title between Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant?

By Sports Desk May 13, 2019

Kawhi Leonard's performances in the NBA playoffs this season, as well as the solid ones in the pre-season, have begged the question about whether or not he is the best player in the NBA. A certain Kevin Durant comes up for mention as well. The zone team looks at these two phenomenal basketball players.

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