Do not crown the Miami Heat champs just yet, these fellas did not actually sign with them. What the hell is this post about then you ask? Calm down and read along and you shall soon see my friend. My mind is very complex as you may come to realize. I tend to cross the line and post opinions and ideas others may not have the balls to voice. Sometimes I am object to fire with responds that range from, "Meh, I don't care much for this" to "I think this column sucks". I have also received praise such as, "Mike, you knock it out of the park once again" and "Seth hire this guy!". That's what I do it for. Compelling arguments during a time when "McGrady had physical with Clippers Tuesday" makes front page news. So lets argue, here comes the juice. If I said the Miami Heat was the most hated team in the NBA as of now most would agree with me. They are hated for the three headed monster that consist of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Not to mention that horrible "Yes We Did" slogan some jackass intern came up with... As people are handing over three or four rings to these guys, I on the other hand am here to expose them. I could care less about this sacrifice propaganda those three keep shoveling around. These three guys playing together are not gonna be able to be the great players (With the exception of Bosh) we've come to know and enjoy. It just cant happen, together they will devolve. Lebron becomes Danny Granger, Wade becomes Brandon Roy and lap dog Bosh becomes lap dog Al Jefferson. I'm not a Lebron or Heat hater. (Although I would love to watch them lose) I don't call Lebron, LeWuss and I don't call The Heat, The cHeat. This is just my honest opinion based on stats.
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The Devolution Of Three All-Stars
Before everyone begins to crucify me and everything that is unholy about this thread, before everyone campaigns for my immediate ban, before everyone says "Comparing Lebron James to Danny Granger is unrealistic", hear me out because I just did. You ready for sacrifice? Lets talk about sacrifice. Lebron is no longer the leader of the team he plays for. That leadership role has always belonged to Wade in Miami. That being said no matter what, Lebron's role has taken a major hit. The same role that allowed him to dominate in his career. James averaged 29.7PPG, 7.3RPG and 8.6APG but The big question is "Are there enough balls for everyone in Miami?" The answer is no when it comes to the balls of the male anatomy but is there enough shots for everyone? He averages 20.8 Field Goal Attempts and 9.9 Field Goals Made in his career. The numbers he produced last season are almost identical to his career stats at 20.1 Attempts and 10.1 Made. With the talent that surrounds him Lebron cannot take as many shots or his teammates can never live up to their scoring potential. He will take less shots but not by much. This is where Granger comes into play. Granger averaged 24.1PPG, 5.5RPG and 2.8APG. With the exception of the amount of assist Granger produced, I say Lebron will resemble Granger's averages from last season. Granger averaged 18.4 Field Goal Attempts and 7.9 Field Goals Made. Although Granger only averaged 2 less attempts per game compared to Lebron, I believe Lebron is the least willing to sacrifice. Mark my words Lebron James will average 24PPG, 6RPG and 8APG in the 2010-2011 Season.
How will The King Of Miami play with 2 All-Stars beside him? This is what he wanted all along. He, in my opinion, orchestrated this entire cockfest that tattooed the word hate on the city of Miami. Will he still own Wade County? Just like Lebron, Wade has always been the leader of his team. Fortunately for Wade, he still is the leader and can pretty much do as he pleases without catching any fire for it like Bron and Bosh would. Even if that is the case I do believe that Wade means sacrifice the most out of the three. He is the only one I have seen say it besides the one time Lebron mentioned sacrificing money for the opportunity of playing in Miami. Other then that Wade speaks for the bunch when talking about sacrificing everything from money and stats to their manhood. He's definitely been the lead singer ever since Lebron joined the Heat but its hard to say if he can keep that status on the court with his play. With Lebron and Bosh wanting touches of their own, how will he react to two ball demanding All-Stars? Wade averages 18.4 Field Goal Attempts and 8.9 Field Goals Made for his career. His averages from last season come close with 19.6 Field Goal Attempts and 9.3 Field Goals Made while also averaging 26.7PPG, 6.4APG and 4.6RPG. As I said before Wade means it when he says sacrifice, that being said I think he will resemble Brandon Roy next season. Brandon Roy averaged 16 Field Goal Attempts and 7.6 Field Goals Made while also averaging 21.5PPG, 4.7APG and 4.4RPG. If Wade actually means the term sacrifice on the court and limits the amounts of shots he takes he can average around 21PPG. I do give him an edge on the assist side as I did with Lebron because of the better talent they'll be playing with. Mark my words Dwyane Wade will average 22PPG, 7APG and 4RPG in the 2010-2011 Season.
Chris Bosh is gonna be the odd man out with this trio hands down. He has superior talent around him and I believe he will devolve the most because of it. Everyone knows Bosh is Wade's doggy. Wade is Batman, Lebron is Robin and Bosh is Batgirl which he seems to be thrilled about. How many shots are they seriously gonna allow him to take while also allowing Wade and Lebron to do their thing? Most of his attempts are likely to come from put backs and offensive rebounds. That is only if he doesn't get smacked around by bigger PF's and C's. Bosh averaged 16.5 Field Goal Attempts and 8.6 Field Goals Made with 24PPG, 10.8RPG and 1BPG in the 2009-2010 Season. I'm expecting his attempts and points per game to go down by a fair amount, which is where Al Jefferson comes into the picture. Last Season Jefferson averaged 14.8 Field Goal Attempts and 7.4 Field Goals Made with 17.1PPG, 9.3RPG and 1.3BPG. These are reasonable stats that Bosh can average next Season. Which brings me to my next point. Chris Bosh will not be playing for the Miami Heat after the the 2013-2014 Season. Bosh, Wade and Lebron all have Non-Guaranteed contracts in 2014 and Bosh is gonna be a goner. Would you pay a guy who averaged 17 Points, 9 Rebounds and 1 Block per game $110.1 Million dollars over 6 years? Or would you rather trade for (or sign during 2014 Free Agency) Andrew Bogut who makes 11 Million a year or Al Horford who makes 4.3 Million with a slight raises around the corner? Mark my words Chris Bosh will average 16PPG, 11RPG and 1BPG in the 2010-2011 Season. He will not be a part of the Miami Heat after the 2014 Season.
These comparisons are based on stats, not individual skills or traits. I'm not saying that Lebron James has Danny Granger's 3 ball, I'm not saying that Brandon Roy has Dwyane Wade's intensity and I'm not saying Al Jefferson is perceived to be as soft as Chris Bosh. I believe together, this big 3 will statistically play near the averages of the athlete I have compared them to. I can be wrong, I can be right, but these are only mere opinions and speculation of things to come.