Crowning Kobe Bryant Over Dwyane Wade: Do NBA GMs Know Best?

Over the past few years, a passionate debate has raged between NBA fans in regards to Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.

Many people, including most LA Lakers fans, have felt that Kobe is the best shooting guard in the NBA. Others have felt that Wade is the best at that position, including most Miami Heat fans.

Regarding Kobe Bryant, NBA analysts have talked about his superior one-on-one defense and defensive footwork, his outside shooting ability, his post-up moves, his cold-blooded killer instinct, and his knowledge of the game. Of course, eight selections each to the All-NBA First Team and All-Defensive First Team also help his case.

When analyzing Wade’s game, analysts refer to statistics such as a higher field goal percentage or his excellent team and help-defense.

Oftentimes people compare the two players’ PER scores. Kobe Bryant has a respectable 23.5 rating, good for 17th all-time. However, Dwyane Wade’s score of 25.7 is good enough for being ranked 6th all-time. 

Many fans argue that Wade is a more efficient player, and point to his impressive performance in the 2006 NBA Finals. During that series, Wade led his team with a stat line of 34.7 PPG, 7.8 RPG, and 2.7 SPG.


The second highest scoring teammate was an aging Shaquille O’Neal, who averaged only 13.8 PPG in that series.


Without a doubt, both players have had legendary careers and I’m sure most teams would gladly take either player on their rosters.

Each year, the NBA surveys all of the team executives around the league in its annual preseason GM survey. Over the years the survey has been handed out, an interesting trend has developed regarding Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.

This year, 86 percent of NBA GMs voted Bryant to be the best shooting guard in the NBA. This selection has been consistent, as Kobe is currently the on...

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