Preseason rankings always seem to get fans talking. You wouldn’t think they matter much to players, but Kevin Durant recently disagreed with SI’s Top 10 NBA Players list. When asked which player deserved to be listed that was left off, he said James Harden. When asked who should be taken out, he said Dwyane Wade. As you could imagine, Wade didn’t take too kindly to this. The three-time NBA champ took to Instagram to post a handwritten note which read:
“9-24-13: Kevin Durant said James Harden should replace me in the top 10. Note to self: Make him respect your place in history… – again… Don’t believe me just watch.”
So of course, Durant had to fire back on Twitter with: “Show me don’t tweet me..”
I think we can all agree that Dwyane Wade is great, but he’s not exactly been himself over the last couple of seasons. Yes, his role changed dramatically once Lebron James got to South Beach, but that’s not why people are down on him. People are down on him simply because he doesn’t look like the D-Wade of old. He lacks the explosiveness he once possessed and at times, he looks like a shell of his former self.
Wade proved that he can still turn it on when needed, as we saw in last year’s NBA Finals, but for the majority of the playoffs people were wondering what was wrong with number three. Clearly, he had a bad knee, but that’s part of equation when you’re evaluating who deserves to be listed as a top 10 player.
Based on how good Harden looked in 2012-13 and how much it looks like Wade has taken a step back, I’m agreeing 100 percent with Durant’s assessment. Talk is of course very cheap, but in this case, Wade will have to show us all that he still belongs in the ‘very best’ conversation.