Friday May 8, 2009 05:07
Whoâ€™s the best? Kobe, LeBron or D-Wade
If youâ€™re an NBA fan, youâ€™ve had the debate with your friends.
Who is the best player in the league? LeBron, Kobe or D-Wade?
My answer is King James, and the populous thinks so too because the Cleveland forward received 109 of 121 first-place votes to be crowned the NBAâ€™s Most Valuable Player earlier this week.
Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade already have an MVP trophy. Bryant was the league MVP last season, and Wade, the leagueâ€™s scoring leader this season, was MVP of the 2006 NBA Finals.
Bryant and Wade, who finished second and third in this yearâ€™s MVP voting, have another piece of hardware that James lacks â€“ an NBA championship ring. Bryant won his three championship rings on the shoulders of three-time NBA Finals MVP Shaquille Oâ€™Neal before the big man left the Lakers to help Wade win Miamiâ€™s only NBA championship in 2006.
But LeBron James can distinguish himself by being the catalyst to Clevelandâ€™s first NBA title. So far, the Cavs have cruised through the playoffs with a first-round series sweep of Detroit and a 2-0 Eastern Conference semifinals start over Atlanta. In the process, James has averaged 32 points â€“ more than Wadeâ€™s regular-season leading 30 points per game, and heâ€™s averaging 11 rebounds, 6.6 assists and two steals. The NBA Finals could match up Jamesâ€™ team versus Bryantâ€™s Lakers, which Cleveland beat out by one game for the leagueâ€™s best record this season and the most wins in Cavsâ€™ franchise history.
Wade is out of the picture right now after Miami was eliminated by Atlanta in the first round of the NBA playoffs. In dominating performances against the Hawks and Pistons, James has posted better postseason numbers than Wade and Bryant, and he also has better career averages in points, rebounds and assists.
So if LeBron leads his team to an NBA championship this postseason, itâ€™ll be hard to argue heâ€™s not the best in the league.
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