Yesterday the NBA announced the 2010-2011 All-NBA first, second, and third teams. Here are their picks:
Of the first teamers, Lebron James was the only unanimous selection among the voters. This is surprising because it suggests voters doubted whether or not this year’s MVP, Derrick Rose, was hands down the best point guard in the league.
Another eyebrow raiser is D. Wade’s exclusion from the first team. After Wade failed to make the first and second NBA All-Defensive Teams earlier this week, fans are really taking exception to Wade losing out to Kobe Bryant…again.
So, was Wade snubbed? Let’s compare stats and examine this.
Kobe Bryant: 25.3 PPG, 4.7 APG, 5.1 RPG, .451 FG%, 33.9 MPG
Dwyane Wade: 25.5 PPG, 4.6 APG, 6.4 RPG, .500 FG%, 37.1 MPG
Now let’s look at their head-to-head matchups.
In their two meetings this season, Kobe averaged 20.5 PPG, 4.5 APG, 4 RPG, .377 FG%, and 40 MPG. Wade averaged 19 PPG, 5.5 APG, 5 RPG, .371 FG%, and 39.5 MPG.
Based on numbers alone, their stats are pretty even; however, I’d say that Wade has a slight edge because of his higher FG% throughout the season. Unlike Kobe, D. Wade isn’t always the Heat’s number one scoring option. Yet, despite sharing the ball with Lebron James, Wade managed to get off better shots than Bryant. His ability to get open for better looks at the basket can’t be overlooked.
However, in Kobe’s defense, it’s worth mentioning that he averaged just as many points, assists, and slightly less rebounds while playing about 3 minutes less than Wade for the season. So, although Bryant’s FG% was lower than Wade’s, when Kobe was on the court, he made the most of his minutes.
After comparing stats, it doesn’t seem like one significantly out performed the other, which makes this a toss up. Experts, journalists, and fans can make a case for either player.
And while Wade appreciates the fan support, it doesn’t seem like he’s tripping off of this too much. He had this to say:
I wanna thnk all my fans for there support and concerns..just know I dnt determine my success as a professional by individual awards..
— Way of WADE (@DwyaneWade) May 12, 2011
I feel him. After all, his Heat are four wins away from the NBA Finals, while Kobe Bryant is questioning his life’s existence after his expeditious exit from the Semifinals.