Originally Posted by (e)
Wade is lucky if he's top 10? Lol, please try to name a top 10 without Wade in it
This year, there have been quite a few players with a case to be ahead of Wade. In no order, here's 10 who have a case over Wade so far off the top of my head.
There are other players who have arguably played better than him so far. I'm not judging this on past play, if I was, Wade and Howard would be in the top 10.
Originally Posted by Clifton
Well, obviously. But which do you care about: what a guy has done for you lately, early in the regular season? Or who a player is, what he WILL do for you when it matters, based on who he's been, and what he's shown lately. (at such a meaningless point in the year, overall performance hitherto is not what I mean.)
His whole career, Wade has been a main part of teams that play better than they are. His whole career, Melo has been a main part of teams that play worse than they are. One year finally, he is playing on a team perfectly built around his strengths and weaknesses, and after a third of a season of that, you're ready to declare him a top 3 player?
This isn't 2006-2011 Wade. It's the second consecutive season that Wade hasn't looked like the player he was in his prime. meanwhile, Melo has taken his game to another level. And I said top 3-4 so far for Melo. But I'd be surprised if he slips out of my top 5 based on what I've seen from him throughout the season, even from the very start. Wade simply hasn't looked like a top 5 player this season or last.
I stand by my pick of Melo, and this season, I don't think it's particularly close either. Melo at his best has been better than Wade this season, and Melo has also been more consistent.