Toss Up: Dwyane Wade or Chris Paul?

Mark BrownCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2008

Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul are two of the NBA's best guards. Both are well-rounded players, capable of playing offense and defense. They are strong leaders and have the ability to take over games whenever necessary.


Both Paul and Wade put up incredible stats:

Wade: 29 points, 7 assists, 5 boards, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 49% FG, 75% FT, 26% 3P%

Paul: 20 points, 12 assists, 5 boards, 3 steals, 0 blocks, 52% FG, 89% FT, 34% 3P%


Offensively, Paul and Wade are both lethal. They are excellent at penetrating to either finish or create a shot for another man.

Paul is the better distributor and shooter, while Wade is the better scorer and finisher. Wade can also occasionaly score off post ups, something Paul can't do.

While his jump shot is not as accurate as it should be, Wade is so good at getting into the paint that it doesn't matter.

Paul is more inclined to set his teammates up, and while no one can do it better, his teammates can somewhat dictate what he is able to do. If their shots aren't falling, Paul is not able to score like Wade can. For this reason, Wade gets the slight edge here.

Defensively, both are again skilled. They both play man to man well, and are good team defenders. Wade is bigger and stronger than Paul, and is able to guard guys Paul can't.

Paul, however, is so quick that his size doesn't matter. Whether he be guarding Kobe Bryant or Steve Nash, Paul can strip his man at will and can then ignite a fast break.

Paul also has a slight edge on Wade in terms of rebounding even though Paul is only 6 feet tall. Though Wade is an excellent shot blocker, much better than Paul, CP3 gets the nod on this one.

What really makes these guys amazing is that both of them are fantastic leaders and always show up when the game is on the line. Paul has transformed the Hornets from a bottom dweller team to a championship contender.

Wade transformed his team from a bad one to the best one when he won a championship in 2006. Because he had Shaq for that season, and Shaq was averaging 20 and 9, though, Wade's success does not automatically warrant putting him above Paul. This is too close to call, I'd probably call it a tie.

Though it is extremely close, I would have to put Dwyane Wade over Chris Paul only because Wade can take over games by scoring.

I would have no problem if Paul is considered the better player either; again, this is way too close to call. I'd like to hear what you all think, let me know who you would take.