On the “It Is What It Is Podcast,” Pierce proclaimed if played with these stars, he would have more than one championship.
Celtics Icon Paul Pierce Claims He’s Better Than Dwayne Wade
His full argument can be seen in the tweet below:
Paul Pierce explains why he’s better than Dwyane Wade
“Put Shaq on my team, put LeBron and Bosh with me. I’m not going to win one?”
— NBACentral (@TheDunkCentral) July 22, 2023
“Put Shaq on my team put Lebron and Bosh with me,” I’m not going to win one You don’t think? Me, Lebron, and Bosh we’re not going to win one we’re not going to win a couple? So I’m saying though who’s the better three-point shooter? Is he a better scorer? Okay, he averaged more points than my career, I can shoot the three, mid-range, I can post up, I can get to the line who is a better scorer”?
“For a long time, my skills went unappreciated because I didn’t get to play with a lot of great players, and then I get to play with KG (Kevin Garnett) and Ray (Allen) past their prime ok four years earlier you put Me, KG, and Ray together you think we ain’t walking away with three ships”?
What To Make of Boston Celtics Legend Paul Pierce’s Argument?
It’s sad that former great player Paul Pierce has to reduce himself to discredit another great player to uplift himself on this pedestal.
His whole argument is ridiculous. Shaq was his teammate in Boston in 2010. Granted it was at the end of his career, but Boston still had enough talent to win a title that year. As far as Paul Pierce joining the Heat, we won’t know because it didn’t happen so that’s a non-starter.
As far as the scoring aspects of the two players, Paul Pierce had a higher three-point percentage than Wade (36 percent to Wade’s 29). Wade shot 48 percent from the field versus Pierce’s 44 percent. Wade attempted more free throws than Pierce in his career (Wade’s 7.1 to Pierce’s 6.4).
The only similarity between these two stars is that both, at one point, were the franchise players of their respective teams. Pierce and Wade had different playing styles with Pierce being a talented mid-range, three-point player and Wade being a dynamic player who could get to the rim at will.
The last argument he made again was a non-starter too because who knows what would have happened if Pierce, Allen, and Garnett had come together four years earlier.
Pierce was never a better player than Wade. Wade did what Pierce couldn’t do, which is retiring as a really good basketball player.