“The Durantula” and “Flash” have differing takes on who belongs in the Top 10 players in the NBA. Kevin Durant feels D=Wade should drop out of the top 10 for ex-teammate James Harden, but the former Marquette Golden Eagle disagrees. After learning of Durant’s Top 10 did not include him, he posted on his Instagram account “”9-24-13: Kevin Durant said James Harden should replace me in the top 10 …. Note to self: Make him respect your place in history .. — again …”
Wade is a 3 time NBA Champion, but has seen his points per game dip every year since his career high 30.2 ppg in 2008-09. However, he was still considered good enough to slot in at #8 on S.I.’s rankings. Wade is determined to re-establish himself as one of the top 5 in the league and Durant’s comments could be even more fuel to the fire.
Here are the controversial S.I. NBA Top 10 Rankings along with my own:
S.I.’s Top 10 My Top 10
10. Carmelo Anthony 10. James Harden
9. Kobe Bryant 9. Tony Parker
8. Dwanye Wade 8. Carmelo Anthony
7. Dwight Howard 7. Derrick Rose
6. Tim Duncan 6. Dwight Howard
5. Russell Westbrook 5. Kobe Bryant (He has to be Top 5)
4. Tony Parker 4. Russell Westbrook
3. Chris Paul 3. Chris Paul
2. Kevin Durant 2. Kevin Durant
1. Lebron James 1. Lebron James
Comment with your Top 10, or Tweet me it @jakebham
Information from the AP and ESPN contributed to this story.