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Forget LeBron James, Dwyane Wade Is Nobody’s Scottie Pippen

Submitted by on June 6, 2011 – 9:10 am5 Comments
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Lost amongst all this Lebron/Jordan nonsense has been just how good Dwyane Wade truly is. Although Scottie Pippen‘s asinine remarks that LeBron James “may be the greatest player to ever play the game” has had social media on fire over the past week, the fact of the matter is, Dwyane Wade is nobody’s Scottie Pippen.

As a matter of fact, LeBron James just might be more Scottie than Dwyane Wade.

If we take a look at Wade and James’s NBA Finals performances, you can see Wade may be taking home a second NBA Finals MVP award along with a championship should the Heat hold on to win the series against the Dallas Mavericks. Let’s take a look at the numbers (points, assists & rebounds) for both Wade and James.

Dwyane Wade

29, 3 & 11 in game 3.

36, 6 & 5 in game 2.

22, 6 & 10 in game 1.

Lebron James

17, 9 & 3 in game 3.

20, 4 & 8 in game 2.

24, 5 & 9 in game 1.

So far, this series has been all about Dwyane Wade. When the chips have been down, Wade stepped up to knock down the big shots. Not LeBron. Now before people begin to shout that being Scottie Pippen isn’t a diss to most any NBA player, the comparison isn’t really about Wade being Pippen, this is instead more about Wade’s distance from LeBron to be the #1 player on the Miami Heat. Although Pippen was a great player, Michael Jordan was head and shoulders above his teammate. There is a reason why he is called the greatest that ever did it. If Michael Jordan is #1 on the 50 Greatest NBA Players list, Pippen is somewhere between 40 & 50. But the gap between James and Wade may be a whole lot closer when their careers are all said and done. To say that LeBron is that much better than Wade is ridiculous. To be clear, LeBron left Cleveland to come to Wade County. LeBron joined a man who already has an NBA championship. If LeBron wins six championships with the Heat, Dwyane Wade will have seven. And judging by the way the two are playing in the NBA Finals, this is still Wade’s team.

Wade has proven more than LeBron that he wants the ball down the stretch. He’s been exceptional cleaning the glass against the Mavericks, too. He doesn’t have to say it, but he’s the reason why the Heat are up in the series. And here we are trying to compare LBJ to MJ. How hilarious.

Dwyane Wade is a quiet fellow but his game speaks in volumes. Who knows if he heard or cared about the LeBron vs. Michael debate. Either way, Wade must laugh to himself, look at the numerous outlets talking LeBron and say to himself “Motherf*ckers act like they forgot about Wade.”

They have Dwyane, but you’ve served up a reminder why you aren’t the second banana on the Miami Heat. The ownership is 50/50 when it comes to carrying the team. It’s not all LeBron as it was always Michael Jordan. Don’t let them delegate your career to being in King James’s backpack. This is your team. And if they forget, put up numbers like you have in the NBA Finals.

Heads will notice.

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