Dwyane Wade is widely regarded as one of the top five greatest shooting guards to ever play in the NBA.
As such, whenever he talks hoops – people listen. He has the sort of credibility around the league that puts his opinion beyond reproach.
That’s what made his comments this week all the more interesting.
During a recent interview, Wade opened up about who in his opinion are the two hardest NBA players to guard right now.
“Well, first of all, it’s Kevin Durant,” Wade said.
“He’s 6’11”, maybe 7’1″ depending on how KD wanna be perceived. But it’s hard to guard a guy who has so much talent to be able to put the ball on the floor, can score from inside the paint, to the free-throw line, to the mid-range, to the three-point line, back at half court.”
And the second? Milwaukee Bucks champion Giannis Antetokounmpo.
“If I had to pick another player, I would say Giannis,” Wade continued.
“It’s hard to guard Giannis because of his attack. And he’s also 7’1. He’s a 7-footer coming down with the ability to be able to handle the ball. He runs fast, he point guards, and just as big as a center. So it’s hard to guard a guy like that who is strong and who is aggressive, and as monstrous as he is on the basketball floor.”
Noticeably absent from the list? Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.
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Despite their close friendship, this isn’t the first time Wade has marginally slighted James when assessing talent. He did something similar when confronted with the question of who was better between James and Michael Jordan.
How will James ultimately feel about this omission? Time will tell.