There's a bit of misunderestimating, as George W Bush used to say, of Wade's status among all-time greats, w relation to Kobe in particular.
Wade IS a legendary caliber player and easily a lock HOFer imo.
I think he's a top 5 all-time SG.. No he's not as good as Kobe, but he's right there.
Wade is very comparable to Jerry west in my eyes, except he's more of a slasher. Both are undersized 2s who average over 25ppg over 6 assists and around 5 boards for their careers.
And if you look at Wade's career numbers in comparison to Kobe's you'll find that they both average 25ppg, but Wade shoots a higher fg% and averages more rebounds and assists.
Now, Kobe has more rings, which you have to factor in. But Kobe has had either Gasol or Shaq and Phil Jackson through all of the winning. I'd also think it's fair to say he's had better supporting players for more yrs- guys like Fox, Shaw, Horry, Odom, Fisher, Bynum.
Wade had a highly talented group of guys w him for only this season and the one yr they won w Shaq. He only had Riley that one yr also.
Lastly, I think it's also safe to say Kobe's never had a finals like the one Wade had against Dallas. Infact only a handful of players have. Wade was mesmerizing in that series. He scored 36, 36, 42 and 43 in the four (sweep) games against Dallas.
Make no mistake Wade is special. He deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as all-time great players and absolutely amongst the best SGs to ever lace em up..
My top 5 shooting guards of all-time.
Last edited by ronoranina; Jun 14, 2011 at 22:49.
Just a side note, Riles was also the coach during that crappy lottery season in '08 also. That season pretty much forced him back into retirement.
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No disrespect to the posters on this thread, but I could care less about a player who plays for the Heat or the Lakers, especially a player who scored 61 pts against the Knicks while people at MSG were jocking him and a player who plays for a team that I've always hated.
Call me a homer or someone who doesn't appreciate the game of basketball as a whole but the only superstars that I would pay to watch dominate are Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony because they play for the Knicks.
drexler does have a chip (2nd rockets title). but yea i think drexler was a notch below wade.
although i dont know where all these wade compliments are coming from.
yea he had a great finals but the refs gave him call after call. yea he averages lotta points but this the generation of the offense friendly nba with no handcheck rules that specifically promote more scoring and help out guards.
not saying drexler was better but dont discredit what clyde the glide drexler did in that era and took the blazers to the finals against mj and the bulls
The main reason being he has that killer instinct, eye of the tiger, whatever you want to call it. To perform his absolute best under the most intense pressure. Lebron doesn't have it.
Players like Kobe, Wade, MJ, even Melo have this 6th gear where when the chips are down, every spot on the floor is their spot. I remember when we were up 20 in the fourth quarter on Miami in MSG (this was in 2009) and you just saw Wade get that glint in his eye.
I mean seriously... A 6'8 forward and the most athletic player EVER in the NBA, getting locked down by a 38 year old Jason Kidd and Shawn Marion? Getting schooled by Deshawn Stevenson?!?! Wade > Lebron at this moment.