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Choose One: Kyrie Irving or Damian Lillard

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Lillard carries his team and is posting career highs in scoring. Irving owned the playoffs. Who you got?

Cleveland Cavaliers v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images

Most high-wattage stories from the recently-completed 2017 NBA Finals revolved around superstars Kevin Durant and LeBron James. In the midst of the hype surrounding generational players and free-agency ethics, a smaller but more intriguing debate made its ways through the halls of social media.

Cleveland Cavaliers mainstay Kyrie Irving just posted his second straight phenomenal playoff run, averaging 26 points and 5 assists per game on 47% shooting from the field. This capped an equally-impressive 25 ppg regular season for the 6th-year point guard from Duke. Meanwhile on the left coast, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard put up 27 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds this year. The similarity between these two phenoms in age, years of experience, and stats has spawned an argument over which player is better...or at least more desirable.

Cavaliers fans are going to point to regular season wins and playoff performance to break any perceived tie between the two players. Trail Blazers fans will counter than Lillard doesn’t play next to LeBron and ask how many games Kyrie won without The King alongside. (Hint: 21, 24, and 33 in three seasons.) The argument will not end there.

So let’s throw it open to you, dear readers. If you could only choose one of these two guards for your team, which would you select? To help make the decision more informed, if not easier, a tale of the tape follows. Feel free to cite these or any other stats and factors you desire as you register your opinion.

Kyrie Irving vs. Damian Lillard: Tale of the Tape

Kyrie Irving stat page on basketball-reference.com

Damian Lillard stat page on basketball-reference.com

—Dave blazersub@gmail.com / @Blazersedge / @DaveDeckard