Dwyane Wade is a Legitimate MVP Candidate

TJ ZwarychSenior Writer IMarch 4, 2009

Most of the year, Kobe and Lebron have seemed to be in a two pronged race for the MVP, with D-Wade and Dwight Howard being more of an after thought. Well Kobe and Lebron are obviously the two best players in the league, but I don't think anyone is more valuable to their team then Dwyane Wade.

Last year, the Heat were a terrible team at best with Dwyane Wade being injured most of the year. They finished with only 15 wins and ended up at the cellar of a weak Eastern Conference.

This season however, is a different story. The heat currently sit 5th in the East and are quickly approaching the Hawks for fourth. Wade is having a fantastic season as he is averaging a career high in points per game (29.2), steals per game (2.2), blocks per game (1.4) and almost a career high in assists per game and rebounds per game with 7.4 apg and 5 rpg.

Wade and his Heat did a great job of spoiling Shaqs return to South Beach on Wednesday (March 4th), with a big win over the Suns 135-129. In a very high scoring game, Wade lead his team to victory with 35 points while tying a career high in assists with 16.

When you almost single handedly turn around a team like Wade did this year, you definitely need to have a lot of consideration for the MVP award. Wade is the NBA's leading scorer and is in the top ten in 21 positive statistical categories (www.nba.com/playerfile/dwyane_wade/career_stats.html).

With a healthy Wade, the Heat have improved leaps and bounds this season and will be a serious contender for a championship.