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Who is the hardest player to defend in the NBA? Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says -- surprise, surprise -- it's Kevin Durant, calling the Oklahoma City Thunder star a taller, better version of George Gervin. Do you agree with Rivers? Where does LeBron James fall on the list? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Hardest to Defend in NBA

LaMarcus Aldridge

Carmelo Anthony

Kobe Bryant

DeMarcus Cousins

Stephen Curry

Anthony Davis

Goran Dragic

Kevin Durant

Paul George

Blake Griffin

James Harden

Dwight Howard

Kyrie Irving

LeBron James

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Damian Lillard

Kevin Love

Dirk Nowitzki

Chris Paul

John Wall

Russell Westbrook

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Kevin DurantAndrew Richardson/USA TODAY Sports

According to Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks, Kevin Durant could be scoring more. That's not to say Brooks is dissatisfied with Durant's ability; instead, the coach praised the MVP frontrunner for being "all about the team." Of course, similar things have been said about LeBron James. Is Durant -- the NBA's scoring leader this season, by a large margin -- the best when it comes to putting points on the board? Where do the rest of the league's top scorers rank? Click on the images below to set your list!

NBA's Best Scorers

LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge

2013-14: 23.6 PPG, 30.9 P/48

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

2013-14: 28.1 PPG, 34.6 P/48

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins

2013-14: 22.3 PPG, 33.3 P/48

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford

2013-14: 18.7 PPG, 29.5 P/48

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

2013-14: 23.6 PPG, 30.8 P/48

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

2013-14: 20.4 PPG, 27.7 P/48

DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan

2013-14: 22.7 PPG, 28.6 P/48

Goran Dragic

Goran Dragic

2013-14: 20.5 PPG, 28.3 P/48

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

2013-14: 31.8 PPG, 39.7 P/48

Rudy Gay

Rudy Gay

2013-14: 20.2 PPG, 27.9 P/48

Paul George

Paul George

2013-14: 22.2 PPG, 29.7 P/48

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

2013-14: 24.2 PPG, 32.2 P/48

James Harden

James Harden

2013-14: 24.6 PPG, 30.8 P/48

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

2013-14: 21.5 PPG, 28.8 P/48

LeBron James

LeBron James

2013-14: 27.2 PPG, 35.0 P/48

Al Jefferson

Al Jefferson

2013-14: 21.2 PPG, 30.0 P/48

Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard

2013-14: 20.8 PPG, 28.0 P/48

Kevin Love

Kevin Love

2013-14: 26.5 PPG, 35.0 P/48

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki

2013-14: 21.6 PPG, 32.2 P/48

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas

2013-14: 20.5 PPG, 28.5 P/48

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

2013-14: 21.3 PPG, 32.4 P/48

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Noah wants 'Melo on Bulls

All-Star Weekend is a time for the NBA's best to socialize and schmooze, and Joakim Noah took advantage of that opportunity in a somewhat Machiavellian way. Noah told Carmelo Anthony during the break that he wanted Anthony on the Bulls, a sentiment evidently also shared by Derrick Rose, who reportedly offered to personally recruit Anthony. Playing with Noah and Rose might be a tempting opportunity for Anthony. Though he has been putting up great numbers this season and he'd stand to make much more money in New York, he's stuck on a 22-40 team that would need some kind of miracle to make the playoffs even in a weak Eastern Conference.

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NBA All-Star Game thoughts?

Say what you will about the NBA All-Star Game, but this year it wasn't anonymous. The New Orleans 2014 version set the record for most combined points (318), most by a team (163 by the victorious Eastern Conference), most in a half (89 by the Western Conference in the first half) and many, many more. The final was 163-155, with Kyrie Irving taking MVP honors. Meanwhile, the dunk contest didn't exactly earn rave reviews for its East vs. West format. What did you make of the weekend?

? More: Your NBA second half predictions?

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  • Should the NBA attach stakes to the All-Star Game a la MLB and World Series home-field advantage?

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Are Knicks playoff-bound?

Perhaps that 62-point outburst for Carmelo Anthony was a catalyst after all. Including the New York Knicks star's Madison Square Garden-record night, the team has won four straight games -- three of them by at least 26 points. The latest: A 117-86 thumping of the supposed-playoff-spot-rival Cleveland Cavaliers. The Knicks hardly have an inspiring record; they're still 19-27 heading into Saturday's home game against the Miami Heat. Still, they're just a half game out of the last Eastern Conference playoff spot ...

What do you make of the Knicks' four-game winning streak?

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  • Should the Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony?

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