Where Does Dwyane Wade Rank Among Top Shooting Guards?

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The X-Factor (Kobe Bryant)

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers

Although it feels like forever ago, Kobe Bryant was an elite shooting guard and arguably a top five player just two seasons ago. During the 2012-13 campaign, Kobe averaged 27.3 points per game on .463 efficiency from the field. He was named to the All-NBA First Team for the 11th time in his career.

However, the NBAmuch like the rest of the universeis a “show me what you’ve done lately” type of league. And the fact that Bryant is recovering from a serious achilles’ injury at the age of 36 makes the 2014-15 season for the five-time NBA Champion a mystery.

Although the last time Kobe played a full season was one in which he played like he was still the best shooting guard on the planet, he is too big of a question mark to properly evaluate. Therefore, the jury remains out on No. 24 until we see him on the court during the regular season.

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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.