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Austin Rivers Says There’s No Way Kawhi Leonard Should Be Ranked Above Dwyane Wade
- Updated: May 21, 2020
ESPN recently released a list of its top 74 NBA players of all time.
Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers was one of many who took exception to Wade being ranked so low and said during a conversation with Seth Curry that the ranking of the greatest players in NBA history should be left to people that played the sport.
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“This list was clearly made by guys who didn’t make their JV basketball team,” Rivers said. “You have Dwayne Wade, 26th all time. But you have…and again Kawhi Leonard is a great player, unbelievable player, I love Kawhi Leonard. He’s one of my favorite players in today’s game. He’s easily top five.
“He’s 25…and then Giannis [Antetokounmpo] is 27. It’s like there’s no way Dwyane Wade should be slotted one slot in front of Giannis, he’s just done too much. And Giannis hasn’t yet, I’m sure he will, and this list will change five years from now. But like Dwyane Wade should be somewhere around the top 10, maybe not the top 10, but either in the top 10 or around there, top 15, something like that.”
Rivers has a solid point about Wade deserving to be ranked higher than he was on the list. The 13-time All-Star averaged 22.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game during his 16-year career and helped the Heat win three NBA championships.
Wade is considered the third-best shooting guard in NBA history behind Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, who were both ranked in the top 10 of ESPN’s list.