4. Dwayne Wade
2012-2013 Statistics: 19.7 points, 4.9 Rebounds and 5 assists
Jun 20, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) celebrates after defeating the San Antonio Spurs in game seven in the 2013 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena. Miami Heat won 95-88 to win the NBA Championship. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The 31-year-old shooting guard had a decent season (to his standards) in the NBA last season, going on to win his 3rd NBA championship and his 1st back-to-back title with the Miami Heat. I have Wade at no. 4 because I’m judging him by his importance to his team. It’s no secret Wade plays with Lebron James, who’s regarded as the best basketball player on the planet; and to make matters worse, a top 5 power forward in Chris Bosh. Those dynamics in themselves hurt Wade’s rankings. His numbers also dropped significantly from the D-Wade of old, not to mention the injury bug that continues to bite Wade every chance it gets. Dwayne is a great player and no doubt a future Hall-of-Famer, but going into the 2013-2014 season, I wonder if he can even keep up with the stats that are listed above, or will Lebron be heavily leaned on again throughout the regular season and playoffs.