Most people will agree Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant are the two best shooting guards of all-time. Some will have Kobe at #1 but most will have him at #2. The 3rd spot is where it gets really interesting. Is it the Answer Allen Iverson? How about the Logo Jerry West or Clyde “The Glide” Drexler? What about The Pistol and The Pearl or even Jesus (Shuttlesworth that is) or Knicks Killer Reggie Miller?
According to YouTuber Nick Smith, the spot right behind the two GOATs goes to The Flash Dwyane Wade. The 3 x NBA champion and 12 x All-Star does get a lot of props, but what most people don’t remember about the new Chicago Bull is how freakishly athletic and unstoppable he was during the first half of his career.
On a recent Slam Magazine podcast, guest John Wallace, who played with Wade in Miami, said he thought Wade in his prime was even better than LeBron in his. A lot of people are going to disagree and point out what LeBron has done in the past 2 finals, but remember, Wade had arguably the best finals performance ever, when he averaged 35 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and led the Heat to a championship, when they were down 3-0 to the Mavs.
Also worth looking at his Wade’s 2008-09 season, when he led the league in scoring and put up some of these gems.
- Vs Knicks: 55 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists
- Vs Jazz: 50 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 steals
- Vs Bulls: 48 points, 12 assists, 4 steals, 3 blocks (15-21 fg)
- Vs Cavs: 41 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds, 7 steals
- Vs Raptors: 40 points, 11 assists, 5 blocks
- Vs Suns: 35 points, 16 assists
Despite the gaudy numbers that season, Wade’s team wasn’t that great and he lost the MVP award to LeBron. Two years later, they would unite and win a couple of rings together, but the pre-LeBron Wade is the Wade I’m picking to be the 3rd best shooting guard of all-time.