Paul Pierce: "If you give me Shaquille, LeBron and Bosh, I win five or six rings"

The NBA environment criticizes the former Celtics for their claims. "My career has been better than Dwyane Wade."


"My career has been better than Dwyane Wade's, if I had been given Shaquille O'Neal at his best and then LeBron James and Chris Bosh, I would have five or six rings." In the heat of tour of withdrawal of the escort of Miami Heat, Paul Pierce made these declarations and mounted a free commotion and a debate where before there was nothing. He is a skipper of the current NBA, with several ex-players taking advantage of his time in the sets of TV. The opportunity to give to speak mixes with the competitiveness of the stars (and former stars), who also always tend to consider that theirs was better than what has followed them. And you just have to remember the avalanche of ex that claimed that their teams or others (basically, the Michael Jordan Bulls) would win the Warriors 73-9.

In general, almost all the NBA world has taken the words very seriously of Paul Pierce, who left the tracks in 2017 with the Clippers jersey and also went through Nets and Wizards after leaving the Celtics, where he played between 1998 and 2013. After a decade in the greens, he was champion and MVP of Finals in the year he joined in Boston with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. During that stage, they were a tremendous enemy of the Heat of the big three although in general no one considers that his career, which was excellent, can be considered better than that of a Wade who is already on the podium of best escorts ever, along with Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

Paul Pierce played 19 seasons in which he averaged 19.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He was ten times all star, formed 4 times parts of the All NBA quintets (one in the second and three in the third), won a ring and was MVP of the Final.

Dwyane Wade is going to retire with 16 seasons (one year) in the Bulls, less than one in the Cavaliers and the rest of his Miami Heat career). His averages are 22 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.4 assists. Has been 13 times all star, has been eight in the All NBA (two in the first, three in the second, three in the third), three in the Defensive Quintets and has won three rings with an MVP of Finals.

The averages of Wade both in Regular Season and in the playoffs are superior to those of Pierce in points, assists, steals, blocks, shooting percentage and PER (player efficiency rating). In addition, the journalist Andy Bailey has taken as sample the five best years of each of their careers, and also there it seems clear the advantage of Wade:

Paul Pierce: 24.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.7 blocks, 55.6% of true shooting percentage and +7 of improvement of his team in net rating with him on track.

Dwyane Wade: 28.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 7, 4 assists, 2.1 steals, 1.1 stoppers, 57% TS% t +11.7 increase in net rating.



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