Originally Posted by breakz
Just like Wade is the Heat. We can't compare Duncan-less Spurs to Wade-less Heat, but we know that losing Wade pushed the Heat to the top of the lottery last year. Some of that was tanking, but they had no finishing ability without him.
Here's the distinction: I can name a few guys who are better than or almost as good as Duncan at his position (4 or 5, whatever) right now. Howard is above him, Boozer is his equal when healthy, Yao and Jefferson are arguably his equal or slightly below him. How about Elton Brand (if he ever plays a full season again)?
Who compares to Wade, other than Kobe?
First of all, you're drawing from two positions here because we think of Duncan as a 4 even though he's kind of a center these days. Even considering that, those guys are Duncan's equal is points and rebounding, maybe blocks, but not everything else. How many all-defense squads have Boozer, Brand, or Yao made? What about Al Jefferson? How many other players in the league have the impact on their team's defense that Tim Duncan? 4, maybe 5, at any position? I can't believe you would even toss Yao in as "arguably" equal to Tim Duncan. Please stop just looking at 3 statistical categories.
Wade is the clear second best SG in the NBA, there is no disputing that, but that doesn't automatically make him better than Duncan.