Originally Posted by Graviton
Don't know if people are retarded or what here. You guys are honestly taking a 30 year old declined Wade (who is barely a Top 20 player) with no jumpshot and athleticism over 23 year old Westbrook who is a Top 10 player in the league right now?
You're my boy and all, but stop. Your Westbrook crush has got to go, I remember in a thread recently you called him an elite defender. He just gambles like a prime AI on defense. Hardly a lock down defender.
As for Wade? He's better than Westbrook has ever been. Even at 30, he isn't THAT "old". Has he declined a tad? Of course, but his basketball skills are still superior to Westbrook, not to mention an IQ and mentality that is superior.
Wade hasn't declined that much, he's coasting, and playing a DELIBERATE 2nd fiddle to James, in order to give LeBron confidence, and to give the Miami Heat a true hierarchy that it needed in order to win it all and get over the mountain top.
As a player, I still take Wade over Westbrook. He's chillin, splitting minutes with Ray Allen, gives the majority of ball handling duties to Bron, and is putting up nice numbers on GREAT efficiency.
LMAO @ Bron "spoon feeding" Wade shots. Wade's decline is severely overstated on ISH. And garbage posts like these just play into the myth. You don't drop 40 in the playoffs if you have nothing in the tank. Wade has never needed someone to create for him, and it isn't that way now, either.
Westbrook benefits from having the ball in his hands much of the time for OKC. He wouldn't be NEAR as effective, let alone as effective as Wade playing OFF the ball. Conversely on the Thunder Wade would be way more effective getting to be the primary ball handler the way he was in Miami up until the 2012 season.
If you switch up the two, Thunder get better, Heat get a little worse. Although Westbrook could play SG on the Heat, and then only his positives would be brought to the team and none of his BONEHEAD decision making at PG because LeBron would be running the show as quarterback of the offense.
Westbrook to me is arguably even a worse shooter than Wade. And given I've seen Wade shoulder a team completely on his back, with no other superstar sidetracking defenses, unlike Westbrook. I still trust Wade as the superior player.