You’re The Boss: Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, or Dwight Howard?

Ok, here’s the scenario: You’re a brand new NBA franchise. With the new organization, you have your pick of one of the Big 3 to take as your franchise player who will lead your team in the future. Who do you take? Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, or Dwight Howard? All 3 are mega superstars and NBA All-Stars. Unfortunately, you can’t afford all 3. Obviously, if you could you would without a doubt or hesitation. For this hypothetical dream, I’ll break down each of the 3 and give my opinion….feel free to disagree….

Dwayne Wadedwayne_wade_wallpaper
Leading the NBA in scoring this season, Dwayne Wade has come back onto the map as one the league’s most prolific scorers. He is a dynamic dribbler and with little help around him, finds ways to score in the lane each and every time out. Though he’s small in size, Wade possesses the heart and will that enables his team to win, even when they shouldn’t…on paper. Wade has a wide range of skills driving to the hoop, getting fouled, and racking up 3-point plays. However, he’s not too much of a jump shooter when compared to Lebron James or Kobe Bryant. Dwayne Wade is also a great defender who hawks the ball and makes it tough for the opposing guard to score. But, the question still remains, can he win another championship without a true big man? Does he have the Kobe Bryant syndrome?

Dwight Howarddwight_howard
Superman. Enough said. Mr. Howard has size, smarts, and pure strength that allows him to literally do whatever he wants underneath the basket. Howard averages a double-double and is certainly an inside forced to be reckoned with. All he needs is a prolific guard to win a championship. And no, Hedo Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson are not those types of players. Sorry to burst your bubble Orlando…Each night, your team has a legitimate shot at completely dominating both ends of the boards. However, can Howard do it all himself and take his team to the promise land? I don’t think so…ask Kobe or Lebron…

Lebron Jameslebron-james-king-red
The second coming of Jordan. Lebron James has won over the city of Cleveland and has completely taken over as the most well-rounded NBA All-Star. James is known for blocking shots and turning them into slam jams on the other end to the amusement of the crowd. Can’t beat the entertainment…Buy your tickets folks. James is skilled in almost every athletic category, but has yet to get over the hump in the NBA playoffs. Big Z and company certainly are not the inside game that James needs to compliment his play. Cleveland, trust me, do WHATEVER you can to get him a big man…for his sake and the NBA’s…

So, it’s time…you must choose…

And the decision is……..Dwight Howard. Are you shocked? Don’t be. Your team’s success on the hardwood has to start around a big man who can dominate, create a presence underneath, and get easy buckets and generate dunks on a regular basis. Without it, opposing teams are able to double team the likes of Wade and James and they force someone in the paint to beat them, which usually doesn’t happen. Straying away from the Wade-Shaq or Kobe-Shaq comparison, look at the Celtics. KG underneath with Ray Allen and Paul Pierce on the wings. Can anyone add this up please? That’s 1,2,…3 BIG TIME PLAYERS! Why else do you think they won so many games and the NBA Title last year? Defenses have to somehow guard all 3!

Obviously, both guard play and a dominant inside presence are essential to winning a championship. But to me, you have a better shot if you fill in role players around your “Big Man” underneath…agreed?!? Mr. Howard, I choose you to be my Superman…

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One Response to “You’re The Boss: Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, or Dwight Howard?”

  1. If you were to start a franchise sure you would start with a big man. it provides a comfort level for the guards, but why not start your team of with a player who can do it all. Lebron James. He is physically the most dominant player in the NBA at 6’9 220-240. He can shoot, handle, post up on occasion, and most of all get the high percentage highlight dunk.

    If the franchise was anywhere near smart the decision would easily go to Lebron. He would bring in a fan-base the other two players could only dream about. Dwight Howard is a popular player, but no one has the popularity Lebron has.

    You also can’t forget about Dwayne Wade. Last year while he was injured, his team was the worst team in the League. this year he has brought his team into play-off contention with his ridiculous way of getting to the rim on almost every play. his shooting percentage is not as high as Dwight’s, but if I’m not mistaken his percentage is slightly higher then Lebron’s. he also has improved his three point shooting by 13% from last year.

    If it came down to it, my first pick would be Lebron, my second pick would be Dwayne, and my third pick would have to be Dwight just because he is not as marketable and as single-handedly dominant as the other two.

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