Skip Bayless reveals why LeBron should draft AD over KD for his All-Star team

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Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe discuss the NBA All-Star draft. Skip disagrees with Shannon's choice for the first pick and explains why LeBron James should go with Anthony Davis over Kevin Durant.

- Out on the blacktop, as you say,

- Yes.

- If you're by far the best player that day on the blacktop -

- Yeah

- And you have a rival who's out there. And maybe you're picking against him, you're going to choose up teams. Maybe you want to pick, you know, player C, D, and E, just to show Player B, your rival, I can kick your behind with anybody. You know, just give me anybody. I don't need any, I don't need to pick the best player.

- Well then, why didn't Magic do that? Magic could have said, nah, I don't want to go play a Kareem. Or James,what, he should have said, no I ain't playing with Magic. and Kareem, I want to go beat them.

- So, to your point, are you then acknowledging that Kevin Durant is better than LeBron James?

(SHOUTING) - No!

- That's what you're saying.

- I didn't say --

- He was the MVP of the finals, so you're basically saying if you can't beat him, join up with him, correct?

- No!

- This is the new superstar way.

- Is that what you think of Kevin?

- I can't beat you Kevin, so I need you.

- Is that what Kevin Durant did by joining Golden State?

Well Well, we're talking about LeBron James. Is Kevin picking the team? Or is LeBron?

- LeBron.

- Because if LeBron is still that guy, cap T cap G--

- Yeah.

- Then he does not pick his archrival.

- Skip, he is trying to win the game!

- Yes! That's correct.

- Yes! So you get the best players to win.

- Kevin Durant is LeBron. LeBron is Kevin.

- No, no, no, no. No no no no. I knew you were going to do this Skip.

- Do what?

- No he's not! LeBron James is universally regarded as the best player in the NBA. Kevin Durant is a very, is 1A. But LeBron is the top pecking order, he is the top dog.

- OK. So if he's the top dog,

- Yep.

- Then you look at the other top dog, who I think is the top dog, and you say, well we're sort of the same guy, we do the same thing. So, I don't need him because I'm him. I'm better than him. That should be LeBron's mentality, which is why you said the other D. We'll take Anthony Davis, because--

- We might still be able to get him. Because they might take Ioannis. Steph Curry might take Boogie Cousins.

- OK,

- So we still might get A D.

- I know, but why wouldn't you let Steph have the

- No, no!

- Let him have him,

- Skip,

- Because now you have a chance to make a little statement, on the all-star stage,

- I ain't trying to make no statement.

- Well, why not?

- My statement will be made on Sunday night at the all-star game, where my team beats your team.

- OK. But I would like your team's chances if you took Anthony Davis instead of Kevin Durant.

- Nope.

- I'll tell you why, what was the single best game, best performance? The greatest performance I saw in the first half of this NBA basketball season? What was it? It's hands down, what I saw January 16th at Boston. On some weeknight--

- I tasted, I like Boogies.

- No, no!

- Oh you don't like Boogie 44 24?

- Wait a second, against the number one defense in Boston, against those Celtics, who were riding high at that point. They've been riding a little low here, lately.

- Yeah, yeah.

- They finally broke back doing and won last night against the Clippers here in LA. But they lost four in a row, but at that point they were riding high.

- Mmm hmm.

- And Anthony Davis went in and was completely un- guardable by the number one ranked defense. He went for 45, and 16. He had just, the previous night at New York against the Knicks, he had destroyed them with similar numbers, I think it was 47 and 15.

- Yep.

- OK. And do you remember who the MVP of last year's all-star game was?

- Anthony Davis

- Thank you! He scored 52 points in that game, a lot of them dunks.

- 48 with dunks.

- Most of them dunks. OK, I'll give you that. But that's what this is.

- Where was the game held at? In New Orleans. And normally, if the home team has a player, they normally try to get him the MVP. Skip, you know how this goes.

- I do know how. But there's no home advantage here, it's at Staples.

- That's right. And we are trying to win.

- If Lonzo were playing, then he'd be the MVP of the game.

- Well, good luck with that.

- OK, well he would be. But the point is if you take Anthony Davis then you force Steph to take Kevin Durant, which is fine. Then guess what? You got another pick. You got free-range, you got the whole show.

- We got free-range anyway, you know why? Because the fans said, you are the best LeBron, so we are going to give you all the votes because we want you to pick first. I got first pick, I'm picking Kevin Durant, so stop trying to talk me out of it, Skip. Because it is not going to work.

- I'm trying to talk you into it, because it's the obvious rational, right way to go. You send a message to those two guys at Golden State, I don't need you. I'm going to beat you without that guy, and I'm going to take Anthony Davis and then you get to fire again. You want Greek Freak?

- No.

- You could have Greek Freak.