Calling D-Wade, Not LeBron James the Heat’s Best Player Is a King-Sized Fallacy

October 7th, 2010 by Harrison Moore Leave a reply »
Over the span of the last three years, coaches and players alike have been asked countless times to weigh in on the endless debate of who is the best player in the league.

They all answered in one of three ways:

1) Kobe Bryant
2) LeBron James
3) or the most politically correct way, Kobe and LeBron are the top two players in the game

Though Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Kevin Durant are all MVP-caliber players, none of them match up to James’ raw production or Bryant’s unparalleled success, but somewhere along the line, we’ve forgotten this.

We’ve forgotten just how far Bryant and James are above the rest of the league.

We’ve even forgotten how close James was to ending the debate permanently and establishing his own category.

During the 2010 regular season the injury-hampered Bryant quickly found himself slipping out of the discussion as James ran away with the MVP award and carried a mediocre cast to the best record in the league for the second consecutive year.

The fact that James’ postseason was cut short due the upset he suffered at the hands of the Celtics allowed Bryant to re-enter ...

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