LeBron James and Dwyane Wade both pride themselves on a couple of stat categories not quite as big as points and rebounds. D-Wade has always been known as one of, if not the best shot blocking guard in the NBA. LeBron is one of the best defenders in the league hands down, but because of all the amazing things he does on the other side of the floor not everyone is aware of his defensive skills.
Part 1 of today's poll is which one of these guys will finish with more blocks this season, Dwyane or LeBron. Career-wise, Wade averages 1.0 blocks/game while James swats 0.9. Over their last three seasons, D-Wade averages 1.03 blocks and LeBron 1.1.
The other category that I'm looking at both these guys to have big seasons in is assists. I think its safe to say that LeBron James gets a lot more attention for his assists then does D-Wade, but looking at the numbers the two aren't that far off.
James probably gets more attention on this because the last three seasons have been by far his best, culminating last season when he dished out a ridiculous 8.6 assists/game. Over his last three seasons James is averaging 7.7...even more impressive when you see that in his first four years (he's played seven, like Wade) he was averaging 6.4.
Wade's average was right there with LeBron's during their first four years, but Dwyane hasn't been able to match the recent surge in dimes that his new teammate has pulled off. Wade averaged 6.6 assists/game last season and over the last three has dished out 6.9.
So the question is...how much of an impact will this new ‘super team' have on Wade and James' assist numbers? Will LeBron continue to turn up the volume with guys like Dwyane, Bosh and Mike Miller on his wing? Or will D-Wade end up passing off to LeBron and the other aforementioned new guys and pump his numbers up similarly to how James did in recent years?