Whoah10115 has been on the nail throughout this thread.
The argument isn't who is the better player between Harden and Wade. It's, who has been the better shooting guard this season. A sizeable portion of that correlates to the level of impact each has had on his team's success and progress. In my opinion, Harden has had a greater impact, despite the discrepancy in FG% between he and Wade.
Playing the what if game is asinine. If Wade was the Alpha on his team...if Wade wasn't injured...if Wade had more minutes....
So, we deal in false realities now? The fact is, he doesn't. And the question is regarding his current output, not potential output. The Dwight analogy Whoah used brings light to that fallacy.
This isn't a question asking who would you draft first, or who you rather have as your starting SG. This is, who is the best SG per this 2012-2013 season. If you're an objective observer of the game, then you'll probably echo these sentiments.
It's 21/5/5 on 51% shooting with 1 blk and 1.5 stls in 34 minutes while taking 15.5 shots. Once again, if you think Wade has declined from superstar status, you don't understand math.
For his role, I don't know what else you can ask from him. I have only two criticisms: FT shooting and consistency, as he continues to work his knee back to 100%. But, as long as he maintains his all-around game and keeps his FG% and efficiency high, he's basically maxing out the production that anyone could provide given that number of touches.
Think it's easy for an instinctive #1 to compress his efficiency and maintain commensurate production in a secondary role? Remember what happened when LeBron tried to do it in the 2011 Finals?
(Food for thought: LeBron is a better alpha than Wade (by less than you would think, though), but LeBron can ONLY be an alpha. But, Wade can be an alpha or a beta. LeBron can only do his job, but Wade can do James's job or his own (his current job) So who is more valuable?)
...Oh, and the All-NBA teams sorting out the best players? Awards that are voting-based? Did you really just type that?
I agree on almost everything but LeBron is not a better alpha. He's just a better talent put in the position to be an alpha.
Wade sweeps the series with Kobe, while scoring 30 Points on 67% shooting, to go along with 5 assists, and 4 steals. Also closed out the Lakers with 16 4th quarter points, and a variety of great defensive plays.
Kobe Bryant committed 3 turnovers down the stretch in that game, including getting his shot tipped by Wade twice. Heat win 107-97
Wade- 28.5 PPG, 5 APG, 4 RPG, 3 SPG, 60.5% FG, 2.5 TO
Kobe- 25 PPG, 5 APG, 5 PPG, 1.5 SPG, 43.1% FG, 5 TO