Comparing the Miami Heat and the Golden State Warriors

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Shooting Guard: Dwyane Wade vs Klay Thompson

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

It’s certainly not fair to compare a sophomore player who got his first taste of the postseason this year to a player who has been named to nine All-Star teams, has been named a Finals MVP, an All-Star Game MVP and has two rings.

But then again, I just compared Stephen Curry and Mario Chalmers, so I won’t go easy on Klay.

Wade is one of the best, if not the best, shooting guards in the league right now. In his tenth NBA season, Wade averaged 21 points and five assists per game on 52.1 percent shooting from the field. What is more impressive about Wade is his defensive capability. He averaged five boards, nearly two steals and nearly one block per game.

Thompson averaged 16 points per game, four rebounds and two assists per game. Wade clearly outshines Thompson, but there is one area where the sophomore swingman demonstrates his dominance: Wade might be an excellent two-way shooting guard, but he is an atrocious three-point shooter, averaging just 25.8 percent from beyond the arc compared to Thompson’s 40.1 percent.

Despite this, Wade is the clearly the better guard, at least for now.

Edge: Wade