2010 NBA Playoffs: Kobe Bryant or Kevin Durant? Who Would You Choose?

When the Los Angeles Lakers meet the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the 2010 NBA Playoffs, two of the league's brightest stars will claim center stage in what will surely be one of the most watched series' in the opening round.

Kobe Bryant has established himself as one of the greatest players to ever grace the NBA hardwood, and his career has been validated by four NBA championships and numerous other accolades.

Bryant stands as the career leading scorer for one of the NBA's most successful franchises, and that accomplishment alone places him in the rarefied air of Los Angeles Lakers' legends.

If Bryant is greatness personified, then Durant is the definition of future potential, which has been realized in the present, and his ascension to league royalty has been swift.

Durant became the youngest player in NBA history to win a scoring title this season, and although everyone knew Durant would be great, did anyone think he would be a top five player this year?

Durant has proved to be a quick study to the nuances of NBA play, and his knowledge and feel for the game, combined with his numerous skills give him a fair chance at becoming a legendary player.

When Bryant's Lakers and Durant's Thunder engage in the postseason, the series will be a study of contrasts, pitting the talent and experience of the Lakers, against the talent and youth of the Thunder.

The defending champion Lakers have a slight edge in talent, and they have a major edge in the interior, where the Thunder have little answers for the trio of Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum, and Pau Gasol.

But if Oklahoma City is able to make it an interesting series, the outcome could hinge on the performances of Bryant and Durant, and under those circumstances who would you choose?

Durant's 30 points per game led the NBA, and he also averaged 7....

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