Wanted to do a review of Wade for those who were going after him. I’ve never been a fan of Wade cards in 2K and in all the previous years his cards have never stayed on my team. THIS year is different. Wade has an argument for best card in the game in the leagues of Giannis and Ben Simmons and i’ll try to explain why.
Since the BTB patch, scoring has gotten much harder in 2K20. There are two main ways most players score in the game. Rim running for dunks/layups at the basket or 3pt hunting off of ball screens. Wade is 100% the best card for 3pt hunting and overall PnR scoring IMO.
Lightning Fast Jumpshot: I’m sure most people on here have used the PD Wade so you already his jumpshot is one of the best in the game. What makes him so deadly is that he has the Pro 3 hesi that you can cancel out of fast and go into your shot. His jumper is so quick that you don’t need much space at all to get it off
Dribbling Animations/Badges: We all know Wade has some of the best dribbling animations in the game. Pro 3 hesi, smooth sizeups, good stepbacks. The area where the Opal really outshines the PD version IMO is with the dribbling badges. Badges like HOF Handles For Days, Tights Handles, Unpluckable really shine on the Opal if you use Wade as a primary ballhandler. He does the speedboost after between the legs pretty often and its great when trying to create space
Defensively plays bigger than 6’4 Height: With position locks this year, it’s important that your team can match up well vs bigger players. This is another area where i feel like the Opal really pulls away from the PD version. Opal Wade doesn’t have trouble guarding bigger players in the post at all. The 90 strength and 99 block really takes effect on him. The 99 block especially shows as he gets blocks on bigmen at times. I’d say the PD version can score just as well as the Opal but defensively is where the Opal really separates himself.
Best PnR Scorer you can find: His dribble animations combine with his fast ass jumpshot pretty much forces people to sell out to stop his 3ball. When they start to hard hedge or switch, then you change directions and go to the rim easily. I try to show this in the video with the dribbling and quick change of direction. His hesi sizeups are smooth and you can get the defender moving one way then quickly go the other way around the screen. Best threat of shooting off the screen or driving off the screen. Just wish 2K had the ability to split the pick hedge like D.Wade did in real life
PD Scores just as good as Opal: Not really a con but just something to consider from a VALUE standpoint. The PD version can score just as easily as the Opal version. Opal has cleaner dribbling because of badges but in terms of shooting/slashing/scoring the PD does the same job IMO
Expensive for a 6’4 Guard: Don’t get me wrong, Wade plays bigger than his 6’4 height but i’ll still list it as a con because there are other auctionable and cheaper SGs/PGs out there that are just bigger. If you just want all height and shooting then Wade may not be worth it for you
Overall…very very very good card. There’s a reason why the elite players give Wade a lot of usage on their team. With his combo of dribbling animations, quick jumpshot, and great badges he can put up a ton of points super easily in this mode. Sure Simmons and Magic can power their way to the rim for dunks/layups…but when Wade is in the hands of an elite player he can be damn near unstoppable in the PnR. He’s fast enough to get away from the Hedge Defender and get his shot off before the defender can close out as shown in the video. In reality, you either have to switch the PnR vs him or just sell out to stop his 3pt shot and give up the 2.
If you run a lot of PnR and like to score off of ball screens…then yes this is the absolute BEST card to do it with. If you use your PG/SG as more of a facilitator or spot up shooter then its probably not worth going after Wade. For me, its the most fun i’ve had with a Wade card in all of My Team Mode.
I wish i could get more playing time in with him but my internet has been trash over the past week with so many people home because of the lockdown. Almost every shot i take is early or late and its just been a pain to play games online . Once my Internet gets back to normal(hopefully soon) then i’ll jump back on 2K to use Wade a lot more.