Deciding which players are better than others will always be an unending debate. In particular, the argument regarding Kobe Bryant vs Dwyane Wade is one that has recently resurfaced.
Miami Heat team President Pat Riley commented on the argument and gives Wade the edge during one of Kobe's most dominant statistical stretches.
“For about a three-year span Wade was, in Riley’s view, ‘the best player in the world.’
“‘Dwyane was better than Kobe at that time,’ Riley says. ‘He had a better year by having the impact on winning—in the Finals, in the biggest moments, on the biggest stage. And you get that moniker.'”
Wade led the NBA in scoring during the 2008-09 campaign, averaging 30.2 points per game. Mostly, it was his success in 2006 that made the best case for Wade. Between Kobe's Championship runs in 2003 and 2009, D-Wade was able to find a spark in that stretch.
With the arrival of Chris Bosh and James, Dwyane had to take a step back. Still, he was a key piece in their 2012 and 2013 Championship runs.
Now, as he finishes out his career, it is clearer than ever how important he was for the Heat. His impact was huge, his legacy is set, and there is doubt he is one of a special breed in the NBA.