Golden State Warriors vs. Miami Heat: Who Has the Edge?

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Dec 12, 2012; Miami FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) drives to the basket as Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson (11) defends during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Shooting Guard

Warriors: Klay Thompson, Kent Bazemore

Heat: Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen

Much like the point guard position, the shooting guard position doesn’t offer a good matchup.  Dwyane Wade is one of the best shooting guards in NBA history and Klay Thompson is merely a promising young talent.

Even with Klay’s promise, he doesn’t have the potential to be the type of player Wade is.  Klay is a shooter at this point and nothing more.  He isn’t very dynamic and doesn’t have a large variety of moves in his bag.

Wade doesn’t have the three-point shooting ability that Thompson has, but everything else about his game makes up for that.  Wade is also a great defender – even as his athleticism fades – and quite possibly the best shot-blocking guard of all time.

If the Heat are ever lacking in three-point shooting, they only have to send Dwyane Wade to the bench in favor of Ray Allen.  Ray Allen has made more three pointers than anyone else in the history of the NBA.  He is coming off a season where he made quite possibly the most clutch three-pointer in the history of the NBA (in game six).  Klay Thompson has a long way to go before he can even be compared to Allen.

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