Yeah, I said it, big whoop wanna fight about it?
Over the past three seasons, there has been quite the debate surrounding who exactly is the best player in the game today. Most circles have been debating between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, since they had the best teams in each conference and were the best player on each team with the stats and success to back it up.
They received the most national attention, and the NBA world was able to get a better look at those two rather than another deserving figure who should have been in those conversations.
That deserving figure would be Dwyane Wade who worked his way into the conversation after coming back from possible career-ending surgeries in 2008 only to help the United States win gold at the Beijing Olympics and then going to on to average a career-high 30 points per a few months later.
Wade would barely receive any attention that season, and despite averaging 30 points, seven rebounds and seven assists per game on a team that won 43 games, he'd finish third in MVP voting behind James and Bryant.
Since then, Wade has begun getting some more national attention. He is finally getting credit for his ability to lead two dismal supporting casts to the postseason and for his overall individual talent, receiving the recognition that he has deserved for so long. It was no easy task for Wade to come back from those injuries, but he managed to come back stronger than ever.
With James showing off a display of basketball that Heat fans would rather not talk about and Bryant now on the down side of his career, it may be about that time to anoint Wade as the league's best player. He's got the hardware and the stats to back it up as well as the 10 reasons I'm about to bestow on you.
Keep in mind that this is not a comparison of these players careers, but rather where they stand now. The five championships argument will not win here, and it shouldn't ever because it's a defense that holds no water when comparing the career of a 14-year veteran who had a prime Shaquille O'Neal on his team to that of an eight-year veteran who had an aging Shaquille O'Neal on his side.
Let's start this argument shall we?