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The Guessing Game: Which player is better?

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Remove all preconceived bias and let the facts speak for themselves.

That's what we're aiming for with The Daily Guessing Game.

We provide the stats for Player A and Player B and you pick which one is better. It's really that simple ... but with the caveat that you don't know the identities of each player before voting.

Sometimes it will be two incredibly similar players and a legitimately fair comparison. Sometimes it will be single years being compared and sometimes entire careers. Sometimes the sample sizes will be so ridiculous and disparate that it's beyond ludicrous. Sometimes it's entirely tongue in cheek and not to be taken too seriously. But enough small talk ...

Here are today's options:

Player A is on top, Player B is on bottom.

Who is better?
Player A
Player B
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We posed this same question to members of our global NBA.com Staff. Without knowing the identities of either player, here are the quick reasons for why they voted as they did.

Player A

Player A gets my vote because he has the edge in basically every major category. He scores more points, averages more rebounds and assists, gets to the free throw line more frequently and he's a more efficient scorer from 2-point range. All of those trump Player B averaging more blocks, less turnovers and less fouls. The only thing that held me up was the 3-point shooting, but I'm guessing this is based on a small sample size if Player A is taking 8.9 3s per game. In which case, I have to assume he's a much better shooter than what the percentage says. - Scott Rafferty (@crabdribbles)

Player B

I'm rolling with Player B in part because of the turnovers and blocks. While there's an undeniable slight advantage in scoring, rebounds and assists for Player A, the high turnovers and complete lack of any rim protection are a cause for concern. I don't feel good about this selection. - Micah Adams (@MicahAdams13)

Drumroll please...

So who are the secret identities?

Player A is Luka Doncic through four games in his second season so far this year.

Player B is LeBron James in his second season back in 2004-05.

All stats provided above are per-36 numbers, and yeah, it's only been four games ... but when has that stopped anyone from jumping to conclusions?!?!

MORE: Why Luka has LeBron-like vision

Check back next time. Who knows? Maybe we'll all come to the conclusion that Aron Baynes is actually better than Hakeem Olajuwon!

The views expressed here do not represent those of the NBA or its clubs.

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