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Top 50: Dwyane Wade, no. 14

A healthy, motivated Flash looks to prove his doubters wrong in ’13-14.

by Nima Zarrabi / @NZbeFree

“A cleaner is an individual who is the most competitive person out there that will basically do anything within the rules to get that end result.” — Tim Grover, author, Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable

The Dwyane Wade note posted to Instagram—a 23-word message to Kevin Durant that has garnered over 11,000 comments and will surely one day be auctioned off by Christie’s—appeared to have two different sets of handwriting in the message. As the one and only @Basquiatball pointed out via twitter, the mystery behind the “immaculate” hand writing sample has been lost amid the Wade-KD cypher. What isn’t lost is the question put forth by the discussion: Is DWade a top-10 NBA player for the ‘13-14 season? Clearly, the SLAM collective does not think so. Young bucks have risen up and DWade comes in at No. 14 on the SLAM Top 50, down from the No. 6 spot last year.

How did we get here?

Injuries. Wade had another exceptional regular season last year, racking up per game averages of 21 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals on 52 percent shooting from the field, a career best. During the Playoffs, Wade’s knees flared up and he fought through the pain to help Miami clinch their second straight crown, but it was apparent that he was running the court with a busted wheel. He averaged 15.9 points per game during the Playoffs, down from 22.8 a year earlier. During the Heat’s media day last week, coach Erik Spoelstra noted that most players wouldn’t have played under the same circumstances, believing that Wade should be celebrated for gritting it out when his team needed him the most.

Knee injuries have taken out a handful of NBA stars in recent years and the common belief is that once those troubles begin, a player’s career is headed downhill. To get his body right for the upcoming season, Wade reunited with his trainer Tim Grover, a man heavily cited for his previous work with MJ and Kobe Bryant.

“He was definitely hurting last year, there were some physical issues that were going on, like the bone bruise he was dealing with—every time it got banged on it would inflame and get even worse so that kind of limited what he could do,” Grover explains. “Fans and everybody remember what you do now and not what you did in the past, they want to see you perform at that level all the time but nobody knows the difficulties an athlete is going through, you can’t get into that person’s body.”

Grover and Wade had worked together prior, but recently it was from a distance. “This time, we spent a lot of time together,” Grover says. “The last few years it’s been more of us talking and me sending him stuff to do. This offseason was more hands on, which is how I like it. You can judge what type of mind frame a person is when you see them face to face.”

He spent six weeks with Wade, focusing on balancing his body and injury prevention while regenerating his muscle fibers. “The legs are where your support and power and where everything comes from,” Grover says. “It’s nice to have good looking arms, they look good in your jersey during warm ups, but if you want to be an effective and efficient basketball player, it’s the core muscles and the legs that will get you there.”

DWade appears to be fully healthy and looks lean and mean, with early reports from training camp positive. LeBron James has heaped heavy praise on his running mate, describing him as explosive and showing good lateral quickness.

Despite the positivity surrounding his health, Wade sat out of the Heat’s pre-season opener against the Hawks to rest, nothing to worry about according to Grover. “We train our individuals to be successful and play at a high level in June, not during the preseason,” he says.

As for the note Wade penned to Durant, Grover describes it as a sign that Wade is a true cleaner. “The ultimate cleaners, the Larry Birds, the Michael Jordans—they trash talk not to get into other people’s heads, they trash talk to motivate themselves,” he says. “By trash talking, you are forcing yourself to produce. It’s like, ‘Hey, if I’m going to put myself out there like that, I need to continue to progress and motivate myself to be better, and who else to do it against than Kevin Durant. Barring anything unexpected, I think we will see a very exceptional season from him this year. Being healthy has a lot to do with it.”

So add us to the noise, DWade. We hope you prove us wrong. In the meantime, please don’t drop a note on us via IG—we respect your place in history.

Where should Dwyane Wade rank in the SLAM Top 50?

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SLAMonline Top 50 Players 2013
Rank Player Team Position Pos. Rank
50 Monta Ellis Mavs SG 5
49 Luol Deng Bulls SF 10
48 Ricky Rubio TWolves PG 14
47 Greg Monroe Pistons PF 12
46 Kawhi Leonard Spurs SF 9
45 Mike Conley Grizzlies PG 13
44 Al Jefferson Bobcats C 9
43 David Lee Warriors PF 11
42 Jrue Holiday Pelicans PG 12
41 Anthony Davis Pelicans PF 10
40 Joe Johnson Nets SG 4
39 Serge Ibaka Thunder PF 9
38 Kevin Garnett Nets PF 8
37 Rudy Gay Raptors SF 8
36 Paul Pierce Nets SF 7
35 Ty Lawson Nuggets PG 11
34 Pau Gasol Lakers PF 7
33 Al Horford Hawks C 8
32 Andre Iguodala Warriors SF 6
31 Brook Lopez Nets C 7
30 Zach Randolph Grizzlies PF 6
29 DeMarcus Cousins Kings C 6
28 Damian Lillard Blazers PG 10
27 Josh Smith Hawks SF 5
26 Joakim Noah Bulls C 5
25 Roy Hibbert Pacers C 4
24 John Wall Wizards PG 9
23 Chris Bosh Heat C 3
22 Tim Duncan Spurs PF 5
21 Dirk Nowitzki Mavs PF 4
20 LaMarcus Aldridge Blazers PF 3
19 Rajon Rondo Celtics PG 8
18 Marc Gasol Grizzlies C 2
17 Blake Griffin Clippers PF 2
16 Deron Williams Nets PG 7
15 Kevin Love TWolves PF 1
14 Dwyane Wade Heat SG 3

Rankings are based on expected contribution in ’13-14—to players’ team, the League and the game.

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  • Björn Atli

    I would have wanted to place him even lower in terms of projected production, maybe in the 20-ish margin but probably would have come to the final conclusion that that a bigger drop than this would be disrespectful.

  • Caboose

    ….no.

    So the reason he’s so low is because of injuries, but you write “DWade appears to be fully healthy and looks lean and mean, with early reports from training camp positive.” So which is it?

  • Jswagbo

    Wade averaged 21, 5 and 5 on 52% shooting with 2 steals while playing pretyy good d….He’ll be at least the same since hes healthy this year. Paul George will NOT be better than that. Tony Parker is NOT better than that, they Wade scores the same as parker and more efficiently, passes a little less, rebounds more and plays better d. Top 15 for this year should be
    1. Lebron
    2. Durant
    3. Paul
    4. Dwight (healthy, dominant, surrounded by shooters)
    5. Kobe (Whenever he gets back)
    6. Rose
    7. Westbrook
    8. Melo
    9. Curry
    10. Harden
    11. Duncan

    12. Kyrie
    13. Wade
    14. Parker
    15. Love

  • shockexchange

    Black Rick Flair has fallen off the past few years, apparently due to injuries. If he’s healthy again then he needs to “show and prove” that’s he still the best SG in the L. That mid-range jumper will be there for him all season.

  • 23

    Tim Grover is old school. That all I’m gonna say about his comments.

  • spit hot fiyah

    that he feels good now (like 99% of players do in training camp) and will break down as the season goes on

  • spit hot fiyah

    so durant was right

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Wade gets benefit doubt from his past. Harden, Bryant are ahead of wade. I’d go as far to say that statistically monta Ellis and mayo will do better but aren’t as good historically.. Less athletic wade with knee pains hurts the squad.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Black Rick flair is kills cam from Harlem not wade. Wade is more like a Scott hall to lebroms Kevin Nash mixed with the big poppa pump

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Since wade doesn’t have a shot he’s not able redefine his game. Bucks should take wade and ud for mayo and Larry sander. Bucks will get a lottery out of it but heat will be dynasty for 4 more years. With wade a 4peat is possible with mayo and sanders a 6 peat is possible.

  • Jswagbo

    he dropped 21 5 and 5 ellis and mayo cant do that…i agree harden and kobe are better though which is why i ranked them ahead. If we completely ignored the past and looked at last seasons numbers hes at least the 3rd bet 2 guard and him vs harden is basically more scoring (harden) vs more efficiency (wade)

  • Karl

    Injured and aggravated D-Wade still top 15? Seems like a damn good player to me. He’s still going to put up 20 5 5 on 50%+ and is a lethal second option. Well placed, but it just seems weird to see Wade so low because of his reputation as a superstar.

  • Ryan

    Much worse than 14. But clearly a candidate for number one d-bag in the NBA.

  • shockexchange

    Look at how many players Wade “accidentally injures” when the officials aren’t looking. Vintage Flair. WOOOOOO!

  • King David

    he is GARBAGE now

  • danpowers

    wade is healthy now so he should belong into the top 10 and i think its more probable that he will be the best or second best 2 guard this year over bryant, because of bryant’s injury.

  • Ugh

    Yeah man, make a list. That’ll show ‘em!

  • spit hot fiyah

    why on earth would the bucks do that when wade can opt out this summer?

  • spit hot fiyah

    he is healthy now, related: the season hasn’t started

  • danpowers

    touche

  • cbranson05

    would ppl please stop with the chris paul fascination. PLEASE! its just become so common to say he’s the best pg that no one considers his shortcomings. now thats out of the way. wade hasnt been a top 10 player since about 2010. he takes 4 to 5 games off then has a really good game and we’re suppose to be “reminded” he had a few good games in the finals vs spurs but in the bulls/pacers series he was doing sh*tty spot duty as lebron carried everybody

  • Nick Holden

    Wade better than Parker? All credibility lost right there.

  • Nick Holden

    I’m assuming that one of the many PG’s is next, but Kobe is getting a little high on this list for my liking.

  • ballislife

    I think this is a fair rating. Considering he looked trash and unproductive last year in the playoffs. He was injured but based on the simple eye test his athleticism has eroded very fast since turning 30. He will continue to decline and his jumper is not all that reliable. I still think he has top ten potential. However, it remain to be seen because he has not been a top ten player for two years now. In all a fair rating based on two injury riddled and mediocre seasons by wade standards.

  • initbruv

    And who is the best pg in the league in your mind?

    On a related note, Chris Paul and Willie Green came into the restaurant that I work at last night in SLC. They were getting down on some hot wings and Patron with orange slices coated in cinnamon. I was gonna ask for a picture to share with the Slam peoples but I didn’t wanna be a d bag and bother them while they were trying to relax.

  • i_ball

    Seems fair. But Kobe is going to be really really high on the list considering the torn achilles.

  • Caboose

    Alright, someone make the case that Kobe is ahead of Wade this upcoming season. If the reason Wade is dropping so much is injury and age, why isn’t Kobe, who is more injured and older, dropping further?

  • MUBWAR

    this ranking is blasphemous. slam should be ashamed of themselves

  • shockexchange

    Good judgement initbruv. They prolly get too many of those requests as it is.

  • fruizm

    HAHAHA

  • ballislife

    Yeah I agree on the basis that Kobe should be in that same category as Wade due to injury and age. However, Wade has gone two years in a row during deep playoff runs where he failed to be productive. Kobe was at least tearing it up before he went down. Kobe is the one who most recently has shown he still can be elite even at his advance age. Whereas Wade has not shown elite play in a while. Without lebron making up for Wades mediocre play it would be more apparent how much he really has diminished

  • Caboose

    Last season (regular season), Wade posted better numbers than Kobe in:
    PER
    TS%
    eFG%
    Defensive Rating
    Win Shares /48
    TOV%

    as well as posting the same Offensive Rating, yet with a much lower Usage Rate.

    I could make a strong case that (Playoffs excluded) Wade had a better season than Kobe last year.

  • Caboose

    You sir, are an idiot.

  • Caboose

    That could be said about like every dude over 32…they all have the chance of “breaking down”

  • Caboose

    Whoever writes the Kobe piece for SLAM, I really want some justification of him over Wade that isn’t just fawning over his points scored or his longevity.

  • Caboose

    Really. Make the argument that Kobe is ahead of Wade FOR THIS NEXT SEASON. I’ll wait.

  • ballislife

    The majority of those numbers he can thank the best player in the world for and that is Lebron. Take away lebron and Wade will be exposed. Kobe was carrying the lakers Wade was in the backseat while lebron did all the driving

  • danpowers

    before james came to miami wade had spectacular numbers second to none. he proved to be able to carry bad teams as good as anyone.

  • shockexchange

    “Horry Jr was carrying the Lakers.” ballislife, you keep this up and the NBA will start drug testing you.

  • Caboose

    Really? He owes them all to LeBron? What of Wade would be exposed? Come on, stop just saying sh!t and BACK IT UP.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    if kobe returns to normal than he’ll still be good. but i do my homework. you think i didn’t know MKG was young player or that kemba was on the bobcats. but i dont need to say the obvious to present my views.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    i think he means after lebron came wade slipped especially after the mavericks finals loss. Wade was a greater player and probably in contention for top 2-3 in the league before durant took hold up and kobe fell. but you have to admit Wade has fallen off due to injury. If kobe doesn’t return to the same form then he’ll drop too but he was playing some of his best ball last year even though it’s suppose to be his decline year. DId you get the new call of duty?

  • Rodney Griffin

    So let me get this right DWade is being judged by how he looked in the playoffs/Finals which means he was still playing giving everyone watching more opportunity to scrutinize him by what they saw last. Well what I saw last was DWade playing as good as or better than he did in ’08 crowned with a championship. What I saw last from Kobe was a torn Achilles, a career ending injury, from Harden a very poor performance and an early exit from the playoffs, from Parker riding the bench in the game 7 of the Finals and a loss. I want continue to list names and there poor performances when it mattered most, but you all know there were quite a few. My conclusion every other player gets the benefit of doubt but WADE, and that’s OK I will take the only player on this list that steps up when Needed most and comes through every time, ask Chicago, Indiana, and San Antonio, they can attest to what I speak. 14 Blasphemous.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    harden a very poor performance this past playoffs he almost took okc down by himself minus help from patrick beverly and russell westbrook. Wade and Bosh combined point average was less than terry and kidd in the mavericks finals. Do you see how much help lebron gets from the other 2 of the big three. come on come on come on Rodney please don’t griffin over here or ill get the mazogav

  • The Fury

    Kyrie over Parker?? C’mon man….

  • d_wadejr

    it amazes me how much peoples memories

  • Rodney Griffin

    Dude the fool lost almost don’t count you keep waiting for Harden to do something great I know what I get from Wade. And I notice how you went two years back for what Kidd and Terry did then. So why did you skip over what Harden did AGAINST Wade in the ’12 finals. Oh yeah I remember Wade pinked his tail because Harden cracked under the pressure. Not to mention DWade blocked his shot to win a game in Miami this past season.

  • WoW

    Wade at 13? your obviously an idiot with no sense and no iq of Nba Basketball. you put Kyrie,Harden,Duncan,curry Ahead of wade?? Wow it amazes me how people think they know so much about nba basketball when in reality they sit at home watch to first take and try to put the things they heard from skip,jalen or whoever and try to put it in their own words. Wade had one of the Best shooting percentages for a 2 guard in a long time. he averaged 21.2 5.1ast 5.0reb 1.6stls 0.9 blks off 52.1% while others like curry,harden, irving averaged 23,24,25,26 shooting 44% 45% from field? Melo does the samething including kobe even worse. the only only players in the League who are Lethal Efficient scorers are Lebron and Durant and ill throw tony and wade in there because obviously these players average 20+ shooting 50%. People tend to forget how good Dwyane wade really is smh . everybody focuses and exaggerate on his knees? it was only bone bruises and hes only 31 still playing at a high level unlike Roy,MCgrady,Carter, etc. don’t believe wade just watch .. because when healthy hes not even top 10 hes a top 5 player HANDS DOWN.

  • RedDragon10

    There are not 13 better players in the NBA.

  • Saleem Rainman

    Wade HAS broken down over the course of a season tho, the past 2 years, not everyone over the age of 32 has

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    but harden got the thunder to the finals so one bad performance doesn’t make him worst then wade. Rodney you got to admit something Harden starting for rockets is different than harden in the turquoise blue. Harden on the rockets is a bona-fide 2 guard who can get you 25 5 5 averages. Wade now is used sparingly to take over. What was his average these playoffs. Your using history to justify. Look at last season and project to this season. Shoot if i took wades 06 year he’d be the 2nd best player in the nba. im saying that wade has declined slowly due to multiple issues. he’s playing 2 guard when he was point guard size. he needs a shot but it’s not there. he can win 3 more rings with the heat but the beasley needs to be robin now.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Rainman what tournamets do you play ball in. Like do you play national tournaments anywhere or are you mostly playing in phoenix country day?

  • Saleem Rainman

    what r u on dude?

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    i’m asking question. Do you live in phoenix if so do you play in any local tournaemts. Juding from your first name you are either African, Indian, Pakistan, Possibly African American.

  • Vanilla Swirl

    Wade is not better than Kobe and never will be get over it dipshit

  • Saleem Rainman

    i live in the Toronto area, and im middle eastern

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Toronto Area is a real multidiverse area. Whose you favorite toronto person

  • Vanilla Swirl

    Dwayne Wade sucks hes not even top 20 his boyfriend Bron carried his wheelchair knees to 2 Championships. Durant is right Wade is a washed up moron whos career will end this season

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    vanilla shout out to swirl

  • Vanilla Swirl

    Of course he was Wade sucks dick

  • Saleem Rainman

    Saleem Rainman

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    send me a good place to eat Meditteranean food in toronoto

  • Vanilla Swirl

    Lol

  • Vanilla Swirl

    Kobe – 27.3 PPG 5.6 REB 6 ASS last season
    Wade – 21.2 PPG 5 REB 5.1 ASS last season
    Hahah just shut up you idiot before you get exposed

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    lets not make fun of their personality. Lets focus on their skill set. And just because some has wealth doesn’t make them not have feelings.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    kobe had a better year last year than wade. do you agree? if not you have a point. I personally don’t think kobe or wade should be top 10

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    lets not be harsh to one another.

  • Vanilla Swirl

    stfu

  • Vanilla Swirl

    F off Ghandi

  • Saleem Rainman

    Mediterranean greek or middle eastern?

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    please give up eating salt and pork.

  • keyon dooling

    k
    .

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    middle eastern

  • Saleem Rainman

    Paramount. theres a location near yonge nd dundas, check it out

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Thanks. Peace Be Upon You.

  • Saleem Rainman

    lol

  • russian guy

    The Finals clearly showed that when healthy and in the ‘right mood’ D-Wade can (still) dominate even really good defensive teams like the Spurs.

  • henry

    Kill yourself man, stop sucking Kobe’s dick and realise that Dwyane Wade when healthy is a top 5 NBA player.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    no hateful speech we are all brothers and sisters in humanity

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    But what about consistency. And It’s some what of an aberration that a team won the game 7 only purely midrange jumpers by wade and lebron. I mean come on come on. How’s mother russia doing?

  • henry

    I don’t think ‘right mood’ is correct, when his knees felt good in the post season he dominated. The injury he had was literally quarter by quarter.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    i mean its a mix you need to have talent, physical health and endurance.

  • Vanilla Swirl

    Wade a top 5 player? lol in what flopping and crying to the refs hahahah get real you retard Wade sucks and got carried to 3 championships now keep dickriding you loser
    LMAO
    LMAO
    LMAO

  • speedy

    Harden got the Thunder to the finals?
    Westbrook, Durant??

  • russian guy

    Wade won Game 5 for them.Lebron really didn’t play well that game.

  • J Du Bois

    Currently or Historically ???

  • J Du Bois

    That’s really hard to state considering the fact that Wade plays with two other all-stars, so his stats can ultimately be a product of that.

    Kobe last year carried that Lakers team

  • J Du Bois

    That’s really hard to state considering the fact that Wade plays with two other all-stars, so his stats can ultimately be a product of that.

    Kobe last year carried that Lakers team

  • J Du Bois

    He is proven that he can but I am certain that Wade is not the same player that he was before LeBron. Whereas Kobe has seemingly remained the same Kobe.

    In Wade’s defense he probably does not have to carry teams anymore but Kobe has proven he can at his advanced age.

  • J Du Bois

    He is proven that he can but I am certain that Wade is not the same player that he was before LeBron. Whereas Kobe has seemingly remained the same Kobe.

    In Wade’s defense he probably does not have to carry teams anymore but Kobe has proven he can at his advanced age.

  • danpowers

    we can only make assumptions over that as both play under different circumstances. i can only state what i actually see and wade is an elite player who definitely belongs into the top 10.

  • J Du Bois

    Agreed, but is the list based on projections or production? I think Wade is better than Kobe as a player currently … But last year Kobe’s production was better.

  • Caboose

    Those are the only stats you care about? Moron.

  • danpowers

    “Rankings are based on expected contribution in ’13-14—to players’ team, the League and the game.”

  • vanillaswirlisanidiot

    vanilla swirl your an idiot. First off kobe had no one, so of course he’s going to average those numbers. Wade had LeBron and Chris to share the scoring load. I conclude your a fucking idiot

  • Kim Hargreaves

    So last time I saw D Wade he was tearing up the court in game 7 of the finals and winning his 3rd ring (one of which he won singlehandedly)
    Health is a concern but talent is not. This dude is a top 10 player every season.

  • Dfrance

    Shoulda asked man, worst they could have said was no and the embarrassment is gone in a few minutes. But that pic lasts forever.

    I saw TI in an Outback on South Beach one time. Sat in there well after finishing my meal contemplating whether or not to be a d bag. After 45 mins I decided to ask and he took the pic no problem and shook my hand.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    no, Kobe’s production was not better. shooting more does not = better production. you can make the argument that Kobe was better offensively, (which would still be arguable – although i would agree), but as an overall player? Wade was better. Kobe was really terrible on defense last year. Really Really Terrible.

  • Initbruv

    I mean I hear you but I just look at it differently. If I was the one serving them and got a chance to talk to them for a while and stuff then I might have. But there’s no real story behind a picture taken with them if we only exchanged like two sentences.

    I served Aaron Eckhart once and kinda breached that wall and he was clearly annoyed. Not rude, just looked at me like, “dude please just let me eat.” I wasn’t just embarrassed, I was ashamed of myself because he’d been really chill and pleasant to talk to and thought we were just being human beings and then I got all groupie on his a** in the end.

    I guess it just depends on the celeb/athlete as to whether it bothers them.

  • wishuwould247

    Thank you SLAM and Durant for pissing my boy off. When they 3peat and Dwade gets his 4th ring, SLAM should be right there because you are one of the main reason he balled out. GO HEAT, LONG LIVE DWADE ( and UD)

  • *Insert cool name*

    Okay, Wade was not carried through the championships, Lebron would have no one, to help attemt the chamionships without wade. And 2006, he AVERAGED 42 points in the last 3 games. No one carried him, and 2012 wade was key. Learn your facts before you argue.

  • J Du Bois

    I was not arguing about Kobe’s “defense” … Kobe did not only shoot more he assisted more and contributed more for his team … In the playoffs the Lakers were swept because Kobe was not there, with Kobe they would have won a game … With LeBron on the Heat they can win without Wade … I mean LeBron and Keisha Cole made Boobie Gibson relevant.

    I guess the point is that I am not hating on Wade at all, but according to the way rankings are based: “Rankings are based on expected contribution in ’13-14—to players’ team, the League and the game,” Kobe will be and should be higher on this list. Also I stated in my post that Wade is a better player than Kobe, I am also aware (just like you) of the LEBRON effect.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    My fault on the assists, I keep thinking Wade put up 21-6-5 in 35 minutes not 21-5-5

    But how are you rationalizing that Kobe should be higher? Wade is supposedly in phenomenal shape, and Kobe can’t even practice…..and Kobe suffered a MAJOR injury. We don’t even know really when he’ll be back at 100%, if ever.
    .
    Also, whether Miami can win without Wade doesn’t really change how good he was last year. If you value better offense, more minutes and durability (well until game 78) over efficiency and defense then that’s cool. But I’m being overly critical here, you saying Kobe was more productive is fair and true. That’s my bad.

  • J Du Bois

    To clarify, I am not sure how Kobe will respond to his injuries. What I am certain of is that Kobe will somehow shoot himself into averaging 26 or more ppg in that offense.

    I also think that the Heat will rest D-Wade as they did last year, so his shape has nothing to do with him playing more than Kobe or having more opportunities.

    However as I look at the careers of both Kobe and Wade they are pretty similar Kobe just shoots worse, but that is due to shot selection. What is remarkable is that Wade’s shot selection keeps getting better.

  • J Du Bois

    Also I am not a Kobe fan nor am I a Wade fan (anymore) … I kinda root for the underdog usually. I am a Bulls fan, Melo and Steph Curry fan (not that you even asked).

  • pposse

    stop.

  • pposse

    what are you talking about? When does 22 5 and 5 2 steals not equate to elite play? You are juding solely off the playoffs.

  • pposse

    a true lebron stan. without Wade it is guaranteed that Lebron shoots no where near %56 from the field in the regular season

  • pposse

    preach.

  • pposse

    consistency was shown throughout the regular season

  • pposse

    Wade is top 10 when injured, top 5 when healthy. This is complete disrespect to a living legend.

  • Vanilla Swirl

    Calling someone a fucking idiot when you don’t know the difference between your and you’re hahaha fucking dumbass

  • Vanilla Swirl

    Wade sucks get over it loser

  • Vanilla Swirl

    hahaha 3 peat? yea right you fake 2010 Heat fans are delusional

  • pposse

    damn wade has got you catching feelings. how about you write him a letter or something?

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