Originally Posted by Christofire
wade is a better steals man and shot blocker than kobe has ever been, but Bryant has better raw and fundamental defesnive skills and technique than wade. Bryant does a better jon of moving his feet and getting low. I love watching lakers playofff games which is where Bryant plays defese in the latter parts of his career. Wade moves his feet well, but plays defensive with his hands more than kobe does to make up for the lakc of th technique thaat kobe has
The defensive synergy numbers take everything into account. For instance, Isolation defense - Wade has had 3 seasons where his matchups have only shot 27%-28% on him.
Kobe has not come close to being under 30% for his matchups in isolation D. Wade is extremely crafty on man D too.
When you take EVERYTHING into account, all the defensive categories for synergy (and there's about 10 categories there breaking everything down as it's very precise), Wade has had overall synergy scores in 3 seasons that Kobe has not had even one season of.
And the only season where Kobe has had a clear advantage over Wade was Wade's rookie season when he was new into the league (and even then Wade's overall synergy score was only 1.5% behind kobe).
Wade beats him in every other season in the other 7 years except for one year where they were basically tied.
So Wade for 6 seasons has been better. Tied one season. And Kobe was only better in one season when Wade was a rookie.