If you pay attention to SportCenter or any NBA talk show, you most likely have heard Paul Pierce (a former member of the Boston Celtics, NBA Champion, and Finals MVP) claim that he had a better career than Dwyane Wade. The three-time NBA Champion who averaged 33 ppg in the NBA Finals in his third year and is arguably a top 3 shooting guard of all time. When I first heard him say this, I was waiting for a chuckle and for everyone on set to laugh it off, but this guy was actually being serious. As one of my favorite sports reporter/ journalist, Stephen A. Smith would say “THAT’S BLASPHEMOUS” or maybe it would be something more on the lines like “STAY OFF THE DAMN WEED”.
Regardless of what everyone else said about the matter, Pierce could not be more wrong. Pierce, aka THE TRUTH, was a hell of a player, as clutch as they come, and sure shot Hall of Famer. There was many times I watched him hit daggers against teams in the playoffs and in one instance, Pierce was wheelchaired off the court with an apparent ankle injury. The fans held their breaths only to be ignited in screams when Pierce returned through the tunnel and led them to victory. Pierce meant so much to the city of Boston and in no way, shape, or form do I want to discredit the legendary career that he had.
Dwyane Wade, to put it simply, was just a better player than Pierce. Pierce never said he was better than Wade, however, just that he has had a better career than him. This statement is beyond ignorant considering Wade has two more championships, six more top 10 in MVP voting, four more all NBA 1st or 2nd team, and three seasons scoring better than 27 PPG, to Pierce’s ZERO. It is not even a question who had a better career. I could go on and on about stats, like how D-Wade made an All-Defensive team three times compared to Pierce, who again had ZERO.
I have watched D-Wade play for the Miami Heat hundreds of times. I have watched Wade and Pierce duke it out on the NBA’s biggest stage. But this is no debate. Paul Pierce was an assassin on the court, some called him a “professional scorer”. The stage was never too big for Pierce. Dwyane Wade, on the other hand, was DIFFERENT. He could kill you with the turnaround jumper, or drive and throw it doesn’t in your grill. Not to mention that he is the ALL-TIME leading shot blockers for guards putting him in front of the GOAT. Wade got it done on both ends of the floor and simply knew how to win. To me, he will go down as the 3rd best shooting guard to play the game, behind Kobe and MJ.