As most of you know, ESPN has been ranking every player in the league over the past month or so. The number finally touched down on Dwyane Wade, who ranked number eight overall. Most players may find it humbling to be in the top 10, but things tend to get extra sensitive once you start talking about some of the best players in the world. Wade expressed why he didn’t care where he ended up in the ranks, but he couldn’t have been satisfied with where he ended up either and he wasn’t alone, from Jay Ramos of Hot Hot Hoops: “It is Dwyane Wade’s placement that causes Heat fans a particular frustration, and a segment of NBA writer and fans confusion. He came in at No. 8 on the list. By all means, he’s revered as one of the best players in the world, and his placement isn’t a crime. But that doesn’t mean it’s fair, given that two players (Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose) are ahead of him and the order doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. Russell Westbrook can make a similar case after being placed ninth in the rankings, but Wade is clearly a more productive player than Bryant and Rose, a conclusion that the advanced statistics support on the surface.”
So where exactly does Wade belong?