Is it time to consider the possibility that the Golden State Warriors duo of Monta Ellis and Stephan Curry are more effective than the Miami Heat's duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade?
If you are confused, you should be.
Monta Ellis sits at second in the NBA with 27.1 points per game. That's one slot ahead of Dwayne Wade, who averages 26 a game.
Stephen Curry is also scoring more then LeBron James at this early mark in the season, putting up 21.7 a game opposed to LeBron James' 20.6.
The Warriors are at a high water mark at this stage in the season, sitting at 6-2. In fact, the Warriors haven't started a season this good since they started as a franchise.
The Heat are under-achieving, sitting at 5-3.
Before you object, let's compare Wade to Monta, and Curry to LeBron a little further. Keep in mind, stats to this point are purely objective: No one knows what will happen in the remaining 74 games.
Still, teams who start well are more prone to hitting that much needed, mid-season stride.
Monta is shooting .512 from the field, Wade is shooting .493.
Monta averages more points per game, as mentioned above.
Monta averages 4.6 assists per game, Wade 3.4.
Monta averages 2.9 steals per contest, Wade just 1.6.
The only category Dwayne Wade trumps Monta Ellis is rebounds, but that's to be expected.
How about Stephen Curry and LeBron James?
Curry averages more points then James, as mentioned above.
James averages 8.6 assists, while Curry sits at 6.8.
Curry shoots .516 from the field. James? Just .442
James trumps in rebounds, with 8.6. Curry averages 3.3.
Seems like a pretty even stat line, but LeBron James shouldn't even be mentioned in a discussion with a Golden State Warrior.
Or should he?
Here is the stat that really shows the court smarts: Turnovers.
Combined, James and Wade average 7.8 turnovers a contest.
Curry and Monta? 6.5 a game.
The Heat have played tougher teams, arguably. But that one turnover makes a difference.
The Warriors disposed of the Utah Jazz, while the Heat allowed eight points at the end of regulation, eventually losing to Utah in overtime.
Time will tell, but for now, I'm relishing in the stats. The Warriors are better then the Heat, despite the formation of Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and LeBron James.
What about the Warriors big 3?
At this point, I'd rather take Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and David Lee.