It's a common thing nowadays for NBA stars to become close friends off the court. This is the case with NBA stars Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James. The four best friends have had amazing careers, and only LeBron/Wade have ever played together.
When pictures of the stars on a banana boat surfaced a few years back, fans enjoyed the thought of big time names being so connected. But with the friends having such legendary careers, how do they stack up next to each other? Who's ranked higher than the other, all time?
As we try to rank them all from worst to best, it becomes clear that the answer may not be an easy one to solve:
4. Carmelo Anthony
With everything Carmelo has gone through over the last year, things haven't been easy. He's never won a ring, never been MVP, and his place amongst all time greats is still a question. At 33 years old, the window for Melo to play at an elite level is quickly closing. But his career hasn't been a total failure. Back with the Nuggets, he led them to the Conference Finals, before being taken out by Kobe Bryant's Lakers in 2009. On the Knicks, he's been their best player since his arrival and could be considered one of the greatest Knicks ever. While taking major criticism on the defensive end, Melo plays offense like nobody else can. Widely regarded as one of the greatest scorers of his era, Anthony has built a legacy the revolves around his ability to put the ball in the hoop.
3. Chris Paul
This is where things get debatable. While Chris Paul is considered to be one best point guards ever, his lack of success in the post season sets him apart from the banana boat stars who have. Playing with James Harden in Houston, things may change for CP3. But for now, his legacy is stunted by his ringless hand. Even with that being said though, Chris Paul isn't just your average star. His leadership tendencies are unmatched, his playmaking skills are way above average, and his basketball IQ could be one of the greatest of all time. Simply put, Paul has a mind build for a point guard. He's the guy that makes it easier for everyone else on the court. His time in New Orleans and Los Angeles proves he isn't afraid to shine in the big moments.
2. Dwyane Wade
As far as shooting guards go, Dwyane Wade is the third best ever. Righ behind MJ and Kobe, Wade has elevated himself with the best. A three time Champ and 12-time All-Star, D-Wade has been wrecking havoc in the league for years. Arguably the best rim finisher on the list, Wade has wowed the league since his rookie season. On the Heat, he was the franchise player for years. Then, with LeBron in town, he put pride aside to form an elite dynasty. That's who Wade is. He's a guy that's willing to do anything to win, even if it means diminishing his role for a bigger star. Between his accolades and elite level of play, he gets the edge over Chris Paul for number 2.
1. LeBron James
Let's be honest: we all knew this was coming. Nobody else on the banana boat crew comes close to matching LeBron's superior legacy. Hailed as the "Chosen One" from the start, he built a name for himself before he could ever prove it. But now at 32 years old, he's proved to us all that all the hype was well deserved. With so many records and accolades, King James is undoubtedly a top 5 player of all time. He's the person everyone wants to play with, and he's the guy everyone wants to be. Out of all the banana boat crew, King James has the biggest influence, both on and off the court.