Kobe gives me seven more minutes and 8.7 points more per game at a pretty decent clip of 46.5% FG%.
While Wade is clearly a better defender and shoots for a higher percentage, 7 extra minutes of Kobe makes him more valuable.
Westbrook is in a similar boat as Kobe with his 43 mpg.
All three have very similar PER's in the 23's, so their per minute effectiveness is pretty close (this of course, unfairly disadvantages Wade because defense is harder to accurately follow and evaluate with PER), but give me those extra seven or eight minutes.
If the question was who would you rather have x number of minutes, then Wade is a very logical answer. On the other hand, both Kobe and Westbrook are worth IMO on a per game (and therefore per season) basis than Wade.
Furthermore, Westbrook never misses a game (300+ consecutive games played). Kobe is incredibly consistent in games played, which is amazing for his or any age. Wade pretty much always misses more games than both of them combined.
ETA: I also do not like to judge players on a per-minute basis, since not all players play the same amount.
I would be in total support of creating PER x minutes played = SLPER (season long PER or something like that). I realize that EWA and VA are variations of that though, but I would like to see PER extrapolated and the math is super easy to do that.
This post was edited on 1/24 at 7:55 pm