LeBron James and Kevin Durant are the two best players in basketball. Now just imagine if they were on the same team. And we’re not talking the Olympics either. The same NBA team.

ESPN’s pre-preseason circus, its ranking of the 500 “best” players in the NBA, is about the closest thing we have to a classic barbershop debate online. This year LeBron James and Kevin Durant ranked #1 and #2 in the rankings surprising exactly zero people. Durant is the league’s finest scorer, a legitimate long-term threat to become the all-time leading scorer in the history of the game (pending health and productivity) and a player whose overall skill set truly has the sky as its limit. LeBron James is – for lack of a better description – the most complete basketball player in the solar system.

The 2012 NBA Finals were so dope not because it pitted the league’s two most exciting teams, but rather it was the first Finals since (maybe) Jordan vs. Barkley when the league’s two best talents met on the game’s highest stage. And sure, Miami hit Oklahoma City with a “delayed sweep,” but the possibility of the showdown for years to come is what has many (non-Lakers) fans drooling at the mouth. Then, there was K.D. and Bron becoming the two best players for Team USA in London. And then, from there, it was their re-up of offseason workouts which had the moral police yelling at the top of their lungs from both sides of the fence how great and horrible the concept was at the same time.

That’s just it though. Be thankful James and Durant worked out as competitors attempting to fine-tune each other’s game. Because listen to me when I tell you this, they could have very well been teammates.

(Now is about the time when Portland fans stop reading. Trust me, stop reading. No seriously, stop. It’s for your own good.)