Originally Posted by Juvenile
I agree Shogon, Wade right now is benefitting from the "SG next to Shaq"-Bonus. Both in reception of his play, as in him actually benefitting from Shaq making plays easy for him. He aint the scorer Kobe is, he aint the playmaker Penny was, but he merged qualities of them both in his play. He aint top 5, as many considered him this the last few weeks.
That said, he's playing at a lvl few guys that young were able to play at in the past.
I mean, yeah. Wade's a great player. Top 10 in the league, I'd say. But he is not the best player in the league, and he's not the MVP on his own team. Does Miami need him to win a title? Of course. But they need Shaq moreso.
People say Shaq has played with great sidekicks, and he has... but sooner or later, once the success keeps following the one common factor between said sidekicks, people just have to wake up and face reality. The Heat were a .500 ballclub over 20 games without Shaq. End of story.