Which team has the better shooting guard?
If you asked your average NBA fan to list the best shooting guards in the NBA for, say, the past five years, Dwyane Wade is guaranteed to be in the top five — and most likely in the top two or three (Kobe’s the only shooting guard that comes to mind who has been better over the past five years). However, this season (and especially these playoffs) have not been kind to Dwyane Wade. He’s suffered from right knee problems. During the Heat — Pacers series, Dwyane Wade scored 10 points in Game 5 and 10 points in an important Game 6. That being said, Wade did atone for not showing up for basically the entire playoffs in Game 7 (by scoring 21 points and grabbing 8 rebounds) and produced a performance that showed just how good Dwyane Wade is. The scary thing about Wade’s Game 7 performance? He was probably only playing at 75%-80% of his current ability. Even though much has been said about Wade and his lack of recent production, let’s not forget about the fact that this guy averaged 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists during the regular season while playing only 34 minutes a game. Wade is an elite player, and while he is hampered by injury issues, this is the NBA Finals. I think it’s a good bet to expect vintage Wade to show up for the Finals (fingers crossed).
Comparing Dwyane Wade and Danny Green is kind’ve like comparing Tony Parker and Mario Chalmers. Danny Green was lethal from 3-point range during the regular season — he made 42.9% of his threes. (Even more amazing is the fact that Danny Green was shooting 27.3% from 3-point range only four seasons ago, when he entered the NBA — this guy made himself into a good shooter.) He was a basic contributor during the regular season, averaging around 10.5 points per game in 27 minutes of play. Much like Mario Chalmers in Miami, the Spurs don’t need 20 points and 15 assists from Danny Green every night — that’s why they have Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. However, they do need his ability, as a legit three point threat, to spread the floor and open up drive-and-kick options for Tony Parker or Manu Ginobili.
Indiana Pacers series-Dwyane Wade is probably at the level of Danny Green, right now, but I expect NBA Finals-Dwyane Wade to be much more effective than Danny Green.