Tuesday , Mar , 10 , 2009 J.N.

All NBA First team SG: Dwyane Wade or Kobe Bryant


All NBA First team SG: Dwyane Wade or Kobe BryantThis question was raised by a good friend of mine when we were playing hoops at some park. Who earned the right to be the big shooting guard on the All NBA first team? Kobe or Wade? I truly do not know. It’s too close to call. They’re both elite players who are performing at high levels. The Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers will be in the playoffs so discussing their respective team’s record is moot. Here are the cases for each man.

Kobe Bryant: He’s the best player for the best team in the NBA. He’s currently 28 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 1.2 steals with an efficiency of 25.03 while leading the Lakers to a league best 50-13. Andrew Bynum is gone for the season and they’re still winning with precious help from Pau Gasol and friends. The Madison Square Garden game where he scored the record breaking 61 points shows that he is still one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history. He’s lethal even with the years piling on. He’s still Black Mamba. He’s the leader of the best team in a strong competitive West.

Dwyane Wade: He has been on a tear all season. He’s currently averaging 29.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 2.2 steals, and leading all guards in blocks with 1.4. His efficiency is 29.41. His performance at the Beijing Games showed us that he was back, but no one thought that he’d be this great. He looks like Michael Jordan out there at times. The Miami Heat obviously has a less superior squad than the Lakers because they’re rocking an injury plagued Jermaine O’Neal, rookies Mario Chalmers and Michael Beasley, and new teammate Jamario Moon. Wade has to get them up to speed with the system and they have to learn how to play around him. There are chemistry issues because of this, but this does not stop Wade from dominating people. The squad’s record is currently 34-29. It’s a good record considering all of the changes they made to the roster.

Please note. This is not about who should get the MVP award. That’s an entirely different matter because of Lebron James and, perhaps, Chris Paul. This is about First Team All NBA Shooting Guard. There is only room for one. Christ Paul is locked in at the point guard spot, but this spot is open for debate. I watched a good amount of them both this season. It seems to me that Dwyane Wade should get the spot because, statistically, his numbers flat out beat Kobe’s. Wade is getting more steals and blocks. That’s amazing. He’s also racking up assists like Christ Paul. That makes his case even more convincing. He singlehandedly won the game for Miami against the Chicago Bulls where he racked up 48 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 blocks, and 5 three pointers. He hit a game winning runner 3 point shot to seal the deal. I don’t care how either player plays defense. As long as he gets the job done then it’s all gravy. I’m giving it to Dwyane Wade.

Who do you think deserves to be the First Team SG?

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