Kobe Bryant or Dwyane Wade, Which Guard Would You Rather Have?

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat are not only considered the top two shooting guards in the NBA, but they also claim the title of two of the game's greatest players.

Bryant and Wade have different styles and approaches to their game, but their roles on their respective franchises are as similar as the career numbers each have managed to accumulate.

Bryant, who will be entering his 15th season, has averaged 25.3 points per game, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.7 assists throughout the course of his career, while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Wade, who will be entering his eighth season, has averaged 25.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 6.6 assists, while shooting 48 percent from the field as the leading man for his Heat franchise.

Wade's star has taken a backseat to Bryant's in recent years, mainly due to the inferior supporting cast that surrounded him, but that should all change this year with the arrival of LeBron James and Chris Bosh as teammates.

James' presence should allow Wade to emphasize the stronger points to his game, which are attacking the rim with aggression, and having the strength to finish once he gets in the lane.

The only player in the NBA who penetrates the lane more frequently is James, and the combination of the two players should cause opposing defenses nightmares.

Bryant was once known for his first step which was indefensible, but during the latter stages of his career, Bryant has evolved his game in much the same way Michael Jordan did with the Chicago Bulls.

Bryant's mid range jumper has become as much a signature part of his game as his athletic forays to the rim used to be, and his numerous pump fakes and spins have made his shot almost impossible to defend.

Most observers, if given a choice between Bryant and Wade, would probably choose Wade because of his age, but even whi...

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