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Kevin Durant says James Harden has passed Dwyane Wade, Wade responds

There was a stupid twitter feud last night, and James Harden's name got dragged into it.

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Yesterday afternoon, Cinesport posted a video where Kevin Durant said that he thinks James Harden has passed Dwyane Wade and should have replaced him in Sports Illustrated's Top 10 players in the league. That one comment set off one of the sillier twitter feuds we've seen this off-season.

Wade was quick to respond, posting a picture to Instagram in some sort of defiant gesture.

And then, Kevin Durant returned fire, with a simple message for Wade:

Is this stupid? Yes. Is it mildly amusing? I'd also say yes. Years ago, we couldn't see this kind of trash talk unless it made it into the papers or happened on the court. Now, we get to see it play out in front of our eyes via social media. Long live the internet!

But on a more serious note, Durant sparks an interesting discussion. It was all but assumed that Harden will take over the throne as the NBA's top shooting guard eventually, but has he already passed Wade? Wade had arguably the superior statistical season last year, but with injuries all over, would he still be able to carry a team in the way that Harden did? And after a relatively disappointing postseason, can we expect regression from Wade this year?

To be honest, I don't have much of an opinion here. I expect Harden will pass Wade at some point, but I also realize that the two are completely different players in different circumstances and comparing them is a bit of a crapshoot. I would think that Harden is a better fit for this Rockets team, while he might not do as well with the Heat. What say you? Would you rather have Harden or Wade?