The final four of the NBA King of the Hill 1-on-1 Tournament is here, and we have have two semi-final match-ups with four of the game’s greatest.. For those of you who missed the initial round of 64, click here, check in on the next round of 32 here, the sweet sixteen is here, and the elite eight is here. Special thanks to @ActionNetworkHQ as they are the makers of this tournament. Here is a look of each region of the bracket and how each player won their respective regions.
The Final Four
#2: Kevin Durant vs. #1: LeBron James
Throw out the statistics here folks, this is a 1-on-1 match-up between two top ten players in NBA history. James has led some Cavaliers teams who did not look good on paper to the Finals. But in those finals, he ran into his final four match-up, Kevin Durant. KD has a claim as one of the best scorers in NBA history, when healthy. His size, athleticism, and shooting ability make him almost impossible to guard in an isolation situation. But who he is playing 1-on-1 against is one of the NBA’s greatest players of all time.
All due respect to the King, but I have watched Kevin Durant hit dagger three pointers over LeBron in the 2017 NBA Finals and the 2018 NBA Finals. Granted the Warriors clearly the had the better teams, but Durant has the size and shooting advantage over James. LeBron may have the strength advantage on Durant, but KD’s lengthy wingspan will make offense tough for Bron. advantage. James also has never been the iso-heavy, score first play style that Durant shows. His size, wingspan, and all-time scoring ability has driven him into the final four of the NBA King of the Hill 1-on-1 tournament, and it is not going to stop him here. Durant wins an all-time 1-on-1 match-up in the final four to move on.
Winner: Kevin Durant
#2: Anthony Davis vs. #1: James Harden
Much like Kevin Durant, James Harden is one of NBA’s best scorers. Throughout this King of the Hill tournament, I have mentioned James Harden’s impressive scoring average this year. But like I said in the first 1-on-1 match-up, throw out the stat books, because when it comes to the final four, you are facing off against another one of the games best. Who Harden is facing off against is a 6’10” power forward who can handle the ball, score efficiently, and is versatile defensively.
As much space as Harden can create, getting clear open shots up against the 7’6″ wingspan of Anthony Davis is going to pretty tough. Combine his wingspan with the fact that Davis is five inches taller than Harden and almost 35 pounds heavier, it is going to be tough creating space for Harden. But even with the size advantage, Harden is a stout 220, and by the numbers is not horrible defending the post.
Throughout this tournament I have touched on the downfall of Harden being his inconsistent shooting. Sure some of that contributes to the amount of shot attempts he has per game, but it is a still a worry of mine as he is facing one of the best defenders in the NBA. Harden has the quickness advantage, and the scoring advantage. However, Davis is going to make scoring tough, and will have a strong showing offensively against the smaller Harden.
Picking against a 6’10” power forward who can handle the ball, score anywhere on the floor efficiently, and defend all positions adequately is something you will find me not doing. So Anthony Davis moves on to the championship.
Winner: Anthony Davis
The King of the Hill Championship is Set!
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