Welcome to the first edition of my new series Versus. I will be comparing and debating your favorite players of all time. I’ll be showing you which player I think is better all time. If you’re tired of the never-ending LeBron vs Jordan debate, this is the place for you.
GOAT debates are great, but there are plenty of other interesting debates to be had. The NBA has too deep of a history to only talk about such a small number of them.
Without further adieu, I present to you Wade vs Iverson.
Wade vs Iverson
Two of the greatest shooting guards in NBA history, Wade and Iverson were dominant in their primes. They both battled with other elite guards at the time in Jordan and Kobe. Both players were dominant all-around stars. Scoring, defense, nicknames, all elite. Flash and The Answer, you can’t have a nickname like that and not be a legend.
Off the bat, Wade has 3 NBA championships and 1 FMVP to Iverson’s 0 rings. Wade played with some all-time greats in LeBron and Shaquille O’Neal. Iverson on the other hand only appeared in one NBA finals, with his second-best player being Dikembe Mutombo.
Wade takes the lead right off the bat with 3 rings. Rings aren’t the end all be all in this argument but it’s a good start for Wade.
Dwayne Wade is not a Hall of Famer yet, but as soon as he is eligible he will be a first ballot Hall of Famer. We covered his championships, but there’s plenty more to his career than that. Wade was a 13x All-Star, and had 8 All-NBA selections. Wade scored 23K+ points throughout his career, and claimed the 2008-09 scoring title. Wade lived inside the three point line and dominated in the paint. He feared no one when attacking the rim.
Wade was a stud offensively, but he was almost as good defensively too. He was selected to 3 All-Defensive teams throughout his career, as well as being the all time leader in blocked shots by a guard.
AI was one of the most talented and most influential of his generation. The patented crossover, the practice rant, stepping over Ty Lue, AI made 11 NBA All-Star games, and was selected to 7 All-NBA teams on his way to the Hall of Fame.
AI won 4 scoring titles, and led the league in steals 3 times. Iverson won the 96-97 Rookie of the Year and the 2000-01 NBA MVP. He scored more than 24K points in his career.
Who Is Better All-Time?
This is a close one, two top 5 shooting guards of all time. Both players left phenomenal legacies and had hall of fame careers. But Dwayne Wade is the better player all time.
You can try and make the argument for Iverson but when it comes down to it, Wade has 3 rings to Iverson’s zero. Wade has more All-Star selections and more All-NBA selections. Iverson led the league in steals three times, D Wade made 3 all defense teams. Those kind of cancel each other out.
AI won four scoring titles, it is hard to compare that to Wade’s one. Iverson may have been better if you talk peaks, but looking at full careers, Dwayne Wade is the better player all-time.
What other players would you like to see compared?