Kevin Durant is the reigning NBA scoring champ. Kobe Bryant has five NBA Championship rings. LeBron James, now playing for the Heat, has won the last two NBA MVP awards. None of them are as good as Dwyane Wade. Right now, D3 is the best player in the NBA.
The Miami Heat are on fire. They are 19-1 in their last twenty games. This team is winning at home, on the road, and in most games they are doing so by double-digits. Unlike early in the season, nobody is questioning team chemistry or Eric Spoelstra’s ability to coach this team. Chris Bosh has become what Miami needed at the power forward spot. On Tuesday night against Milwaukee, he scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, which has become a pretty standard performance for Bosh. LeBron James has been great. While the “King” has shown flashes of domination like he did in Cleveland, for the most part he has simply been a great piece to the puzzle for the Heat. Part forward, part point guard, James has been the great facilitator. No question, he has made everybody’s job easier, and that includes Wade. Dwyane, in turn, has elevated his play and his team to greatness.
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen formed the greatest duo in the history of the NBA. While they were both among the NBA’s 50 best players of all-time, there was never any question who was better, or which one was the leader of the team. Wade and James, while they haven’t won anything yet as a duo, are very similar. In both of these cases, one player was the established superstar of the team before the other arrived. Also, neither team had a true threat down low to go to, so in both cases, the shooting guard(Jordan, Wade) and the small forward(Pippen, James) were required to be the main focus on offense. In both cases, these players were the best on the team defensively as well(Dennis Rodman was a close third for the Bulls). While nobody ever said that Michael needed to stand up and say he was the leader of that team, people around the country were clamouring for someone to be anointed as the leader of the Heat. The national media opinion was that it should be LeBron, but the feeling in Miami was a little divided as to which one should take that leadership role. As the season has progressed, it is clear that Wade is the leader of this team, just as he has been for the past seven years.
So what exactly makes Dwyane better than Kobe, Kevin, LeBron, and the rest of the NBA right now? His mindset. Wade has Kobe’s killer instincts, but not his tendency to whine when things aren’t going well. Anyone remember Bryant’s wanting to be traded once the team was put in his hands post-Shaq. Durant is taller than Dwyane, but currently plays a softer game. DWade is a kamikaze when driving to the hole. All of this talk about Wade is not intended to be hating on LeBron. James is great, but just happens to be the second best player on his team. He might be the second best in the NBA the way Kobe has been playing of late. I could point to years of video evidence to support my argument for D3 as the best in the NBA, but try something recent. Last night in a tight game, Wade exploded in the fourth quarter for 17 of his 34 points. The play of the game had to be his offensive rebound/dunk over 7 ft all-star Andrew Bogut. The 101-89 win last night moved Miami into a first place tie with the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference. I said earlier this year that the Heat would need time to gel, so fans shouldn’t panic. At 28-9, they have put together earlier than expected, so the rest of the NBA might want to panic.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).