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“Dwyane Wade Is the Second Best Player of This Generation Behind LeBron James”: James Harden, Kevin Durant Snubbed as Fans Glorify Heat Legend

Published 04/28/2022, 12:30 PM EDT

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The argument about who the GOAT is a hot raging topic. But there is one topic that needs no discussion. And a majority of the fans accepted it. That is LeBron James is without a doubt the greatest player of this generation. But the debate starts again when we decide who is second on the list. Some say Kevin Durant, some say Stephen Curry while others say James Harden. But fans have crowned a retired legend who dominated the league with LeBron.

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Dwyane Wade is a Miami Heat legend who won three titles with them. He stayed in Miami for the majority of his career and he is adored by Heat fans. He even played with LeBron for four seasons and the duo reached 4 straight finals and won 2 titles together. But even without LeBron, Wade had won a title on his own and he was named the Finals MVP for his efforts. He was a dominant force even before LeBron came and he was one of the top players in the league for several years.

NBA fans crown Dwyane Wade as the second greatest player of this generation behind LeBron James


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There was a post on Twitter that showed Wade’s stats in the 2006 Finals. With Durant getting swept and Harden struggling for form, the fans crowned Wade as the second-best player of this generation. Here are the best reactions:



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It was game 3 of the 2006 NBA Finals. The Heat were trailing the Dallas Mavericks 2-0 in the series and was looking at a 0-3 deficit with less than six minutes left in the fourth quarter. They were down by 13 and needed a massive rally to beat a resurgent Dallas team.

Their coach, Pat Riley, called a timeout, and everyone was quiet in the huddle. He wrote the word ‘SEASON’ on a piece of paper. Wade quickly understood what he meant. Their season was on the line and this was his time to step up. He got up and said this is not how he’s going to go out. And the rest is history.

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Wade would score 12 of the Heat’s last 22 points and he finished with 22. The Heat rallied back to win the game and would go on to win three more games, clinching the first title in franchise history. Wade was named the Finals MVP averaging 34.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.7 steals in the series.

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Vishwesha Kumar

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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.

Edited By: Ajinkya Aswale