Heat fan here crashing your boards, but hear me out for a second here, I have to address some of the stuff being said here.
What enigma? He is recovering from knee surgery. He didn't play very well his first month, but since then, he's been playing terrific (despite low minutes). He can't erase his stats from the first month, what do you expect his stats to look like 1 month later? He is not "breaking down before your eyes." He is recovering before your eyes. I don't understand how people miss this.
Nikez, I don't know what to say to the fact that you "never felt wade was a premier superstar in this league." Your feelings are crazy. John 3:16, he was never in the discussion for league MVP? What are you talking about? He was a perrennial MVP candidate. Even his first season with Lebron, he was a serious mvp candidate. And was he "in the discussion" during his 08/09 season? 30.2 pts, 7.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.3 blocks per game, and player efficiency rating of 30.46? I'm sorry but this is major delusion here.
You want to dismiss his '06 finals performance (if that were possible) because he got a lot of foul calls? And you think that means you don't have to admit that he played incredible? Incidentally, before you keep saying that, watch this video breaking down game 6 of that series, just so you see exactly how "ref influenced" that series was. http://www.bballbreakdown.com/2006-nba-
Watch if you're interested. If you're not interested, then stop talking about the refs in '06.
Also incidentally, which finals performance from Kobe do you think ranks higher than Wade's? How do you feel if I tell you that the first three championships were all about Shaq, and in 2010 Gasol should have been MVP? The only series where Kobe was the clear-cut finals MVP was '09, and that was not as impressive as Wade's. And Wade's finals performance in '06 was better than James' finals performance in '11 as well. So the most impressive finals performance out of all of them is the one you want to dismiss. It's incredible how much disrespect Wade gets!
wcsoldier81, he doesn't have the skills or work ethic to adapt? How about developing a great post-up game in his past few seasons? And have you been ignoring the fact that he has improved his jump shot tremendously this season? What are you basing that statement on?
I'm not going to get into an argument of Kobe vs. Wade with a bunch of laker fans, but you shouldn't dismiss the comparison so easily. Wade very likely will retire with a significantly hiring player efficiency rating for his career than Kobe (despite starting to play at a much older age). Kobe may be a better scorer, but Wade has ALWAYS been a more efficient scorer. And as for defense, despite the fact that Kobe inexplicably gets All-Defense first team and Wade always is on 2nd Team, people have known for a while that Wade is a better defender (not even counting the fact that he is the all-time greatest shot-blocking guard!). There is no other superstar that gets such disrespect! I'm not going argue that Wade all time is greater than Kobe, I'll give Kobe that, but just so you know, not al the stats (including the most important stat, PER) support that!
But this season, look past the numbers people. Normally I would say Kobe's better numbers are offset by the fact that he plays much more minutes and takes much more shots, but I won't do that, because that in itself is actually probably the most impressive thing about Kobe this season at his age, in my opinion. But the fact remains that Kobe is filling in the vortex of a black whole that is the Lakers this season, where as Wade is the number 2 option on a well functioning team with many scoring options. He can't just score whenever he wants to. Not with Lebron, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen, and all the open threes the role players get with them on the court.Put Kobe on the Heat and I guarantee you he's not going to be putting up very gaudy numbers (if he knows what's good for him).
And please do not mention James Harden here. Put Wade on the Rockets and let him run wild with as many shot attempts as he pleases, and Wade would be putting up ridiculousl numbers. Harden is not all of the sudden so much greater of a player than he was with OKC, when, surrounded by talent, he averaged 17 points a game.