What a matchup we have for you guys today. Two future Hall of Famers and also two members of the Miami Heat big three. We have Dwyane Wade vs Chris Bosh in this battle of the decade matchup. Both won two titles during the decade and helped Lebron James capture his first two titles. Two players playing different positions that were both among the tops at their positions who gets the nod in this decade matchup?
Wade finished his career as arguable a top-five shooting guard. Now with Lebron and Bosh on the team it was impossible to keep up the scoring pace he was on. Averaging 30 points per game with won him a scoring title the year before. However, he did buy-in and changed his game and was still producing. His first season with the big three Wade averaged 25.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 4.6 assists. While the Heat were defeated by the Dallas Mavericks you knew a ring was on the way. The Heat would defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs to claim back to back titles. They would make a fourth straight trip but lost to the Spurs.
While Lebron left for Cleveland Wade remained with the Heat for two more seasons before making stops in his hometown Chicago and Cleveland. Wade returned to Miami in 2018 for one last hoorah. He became the third player in NBA history to record 20,000 points, 5,000 assists, 4,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals, 800 blocks, and 500 three-pointers. He would also be selected to his 13th and final all-star appearance during his farewell tour. In his final NBA game, Wade went on in style recording his fifth career triple-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. Lastly, Wade would be announced as the Legends edition cover athlete for NBA 2K20.
Now there aren’t many cons with Wade but there is one big one that stands out. While the idea was nice for Wade to Join Lebron and the Cavs in 2017 it just did not work out. We also didn’t need to see him on the Bulls even though they were able to make the playoffs. I guess the biggest crime was not seeing the Heat make the playoffs in Wade’s final season.
Like his teammate, Bosh won two titles and was a key part of helping the Heat make four consecutive NBA Finals appearances. Bosh came over from Toronto and was viewed as one of the best big men in the league at the time of the trade. During his six seasons in Miami Bosh averaged 18 points and 7 rebounds.
Bosh was selected to the All-Star game every season in Miami. In arguably the biggest play of his career Bosh helped push the Heat to game 7 and an NBA title. In-game 6 with time running out James missed the tying three. However, with Tim Duncan out of the game, Bosh grabbed the rebound and passed it to Ray Allen who hit the tying three and the rest is history. Bosh had his number 1 Jersey retired in 2019.
It is unfortunate that Bosh’s career was cut short. Bosh last played in the 2015-16 season and although he attempted comebacks he was never healthy enough to do so. With the continued threat of blood clots and in 2019 announced he was finished attempting to play.
Two great players that will certainly reach the Hall of Fame this is an intriguing matchup. However, look for Wade to win this matchup handily and he is one of the best guards of all time and played for the majority of the decade.
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