Dwayne Wade. He actually reminds me of Jordan during his first 5 years in the league. He’s just as explosive, which makes up for his limited jumpshot. He’s an out of this world defender–remember, he led all guards in blocked shots with 107 last season, and his closest competitor was Francisco Garcia–a guard with only 67 blocks!
FIRST RUNNER UP:
LeBron James. He reminds me of Magic Johnson with his all-around stat-stuffing ability and fun-loving persona, blended with a Jordan-esque, taking-it-to-the-bucket mentality.
BUT, as long as LeBron is title-less, he can’t be the king. The MVP award alone doesn’t put him at the top, because the MVP is essentially a popularity contest decided upon by writers. Plus, players don’t play (officially) for the MVP, they play for the championship. How did Michael become better than Magic? He won more titles.
And that brings us to the BEST PLAYER IN THE NBA:
Calm down. I was just checking to see if you were paying attention. It’s clearly Kobe Bean Bryant. Hands down. Numero Uno. He reminds me of… Well… Nobody. Honestly.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone like Kobe in the NBA. This guy has every move ever created, thought of, or dreamed about. To go back to the LeBron vs Kobe argument, most fans would have to agree that while James can board and dime like crazy, offensively, he has 1 major talent and weapon: going strong to the whole for layups and dunks.
And he’s the best at it in the game today. Give that man his due.
But Kobe? One blogger wrote that Kobe has “… the most complete, versatile, and polished skill set in the NBA. Pull-up jumper, leaner, runner, floater, fadeaway, fallaway… mid-range, long-range, close range… pump fake, jab step, up-and-under, dunk, layup… left hand, right hand, face-up, post-up, driving, elevating… strength, savvy, power, finesse, balance, body control, footwork. Bryant can do it all.”
Honestly, I can’t even think of another player who’s in the same league as Kobe when it comes to fundamentals (not ability, because there are obviously guys who are bigger and can grab more boards, or are guicker, and get to the cup faster).
Be honest: Given his height, weight, position, and the system he plays in (the triangle), is there anything he can’t do? Is there ever a shot you think he won’t make, even on his worst shooting night? Is there any defender you think he can’t score on, 1-on-1? Is there anyone else you’d rather have taking a critical shot, or on the floor when you’re down 7 with 2 minutes to go?
And, lest we forget that as of the time of this writing, the Bean does possess 4 championship titles. LeBron and Wade have played for about half as long as Kobe, but neither has half the rings. Combined, they don’t have half the rings.
Viva la Bean!