Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro believes that LeBron James is the best player in franchise history. The 21-year old snubbed Dwyane Wade, Heat legend who led the team to its first NBA title in 2006 and spent 14 and a half seasons in "Wade County."
I have to say LeBron James. I mean, you can't go wrong. Wade, James, either or, but I feel like growing up for me James was probably my favorite player on the Heat.
Herro, born on January 20th, 2000, was only six years old when the Heat won their first-ever championship. Wade and O'Neal were the first and second options on that team, but Wade was in his prime, and he showcased his talents in the playoffs and especially in the Finals. 'Flash' torched the Dallas Mavericks in six games, averaging 34.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.7 steals per game. In contrast, Shaq averaged only 13.7 points and 10.2 rebounds that series.
Herro was probably too young to comprehend Wade's greatness in those games, but he was a teenager when James decided to move his talents to South Beach. During LeBron's time with the Miami Heat, the current LA Lakers star got his hands around his first and second NBA title in 2012 and 2013 and led the Heat to four straight Finals with Wade from 2011 to 2014.
During the 2012 playoffs, James averaged 30.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game, and Wade had 22.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.3 assists. The Heat eventually won the title by beating OKC in five games. The year after, Miami won the title over the San Antonio Spurs in seven games. During that playoff run, James had 25.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game, opposed to Wade, who racked up 15.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.8 assists.
The stats are in the same ballpark when it comes to regular seasons. The King had 26.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 5.7 assists, and Wade had 22.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.6 assists in the Miami Heat jersey.
So the numbers are on LeBron's side, but that can't be the only argument for calling him the best player in Heat's history. Wade spent almost his entire career in Miami; he was and still is an icon of the ball club and deserves respect. With that said, I'm not trying to diminish LeBron's accomplishments with the Heat, and it's probably fair to say that he was the most talented guy to ever step in Miami's locker room. However, he spent just four years there (in his prime), won two rings, and moved on. Wade was the best player in Miami for most of his career and the most lovable player in Heat's fans' eyes.
What do you think about Herro's comments? Is LeBron the best player in franchise history?