When Kobe Retires, Dwyane Wade Will Be Kobe Bryant 2.0

Timber WolfAnalyst IIJune 14, 2009

MIAMI - DECEMBER 19:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers has his shot altered by the defense of Dwyane Wade #3 and Mario Chalmers #6 of the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on December 19, 2008 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

This article is very short, so do not expect a whole eight-page breakdown on the topic, but I feel that what I have stated is enough to prove my opinion.

When asked the question, who are the top-three players in the NBA today, just about every NBA fan will say Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James.

However, one fact that ticks like a time bomb, is well...time.

Kobe Bryant is 30 years old, Dwyane Wade is 27, and LeBron James is 24. Kobe Bryant has about 2-to-3 good years, and 4-to-5 years all together left in the NBA. Wade has about 5-to-7 good years left, and 7-to-9 years left all together. And LeBron...I have no idea when this guy is going to slow down.

Kobe is going to retire in another five years, so one would question, "who is going to be the next Kobe Bryant"? As in, who is going to be the bonafide player that no one is going to want to go against?

That will be Dwyane Wade.

When Kobe retires, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are going to be rivals, like it or not, if they already aren't.

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So why do I say Dwyane Wade is going to be Kobe Bryant when he leaves?

Well, in this quarrel, I'm not going to crunch numbers, I'm not going to tell you fact after fact, but I will however give you the basics that any nubee can see.

  1. Shaq—Kobe and Wade both have rings with Shaq, Kobe just happened to catch Shaq in his golden years.
  2. Life After Shaq—When Shaq left, Kobe was forced to put on 30-point performances night in, night out, for his team to have a chance at the playoffs. That actually sounds a lot like Wade, which would explain his career high in points averaged, blocks, steals, assists, and games played. If Dwyane Wade actually had a partner like Shaq, there wouldn't be enough basketballs to go around.
  3. Awards—Without Shaq, Kobe put up MVP performances, resulting in a MVP worthy year. However he never won it, until two years ago. That sounds a lot like Dwyane Wade last year when putting up career highs. Kobe also was a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year then, and Dwyane Wade was this year.
  4. Others—They are both shooting guards. They are both versatile and have somewhat the same style of play.

Understand that Dwyane Wade is a slasher type shooting guard with average shooting, and Kobe Bryant is a sharpshooter with a post up game. Dwyane Wade uses his freakish athleticism to get steals and blocks, and Kobe is a defender with intimidation, and being tenacious with his arms and hands. These two players are completely different, but the comparison goes deeper than that.

Kobe Bryant is playing the same role that Michael Jordan was playing for the NBA, and that was the face of the business itself. Ever since Jordan left, basketball viewers and ratings has gone down the drain, and it does not help that we're in a recession now. But don't you think it's a coincidence that the year that Kobe Bryant get's his 4th championship, ratings and viewers go up? Therefore one could conclude that Kobe is playing the role of Jordan.

It is Jordan's role, simply because he made basketball what it is today. No matter where Jordan played, the arena was sold out and everyone wanted to see Jordan. Well Kobe is Jordan of today, not necessarily from a skill stand point, but for the business itself. When Kobe leaves, the rivalry between Wade and LeBron will surface, and Wade and LeBron will be the one's to play that role.

In another 3-to-4 years, it will become known that Dwyane Wade is "Kobe Like"; a future hall of famer who has an absolute will to win, and will do anything to win.

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