Boston, MA– As the 2018-19 NBA regular season came to an end, longtime fans of the sport and of the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat, in particular, were forced to reckon with the departure of two of the biggest stars these cities had ever seen. The season served as a retirement tour for Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki and Miami's Dwyane Wade, and now that the regular season is over and neither the Mavericks nor the Heat have qualified for the post-season, it is time to bid farewell to two NBA legends.

Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce, however, feels quite differently about this topic, advocating that his career was better than Wade's. He said that if he had been paired up with Shaquille O'Neal or LeBron James, as Wade was during his career, he would have brought five or six NBA championships to Boston. Quickly, the world of the NBA descended upon Pierce and laughed him out of the building for suggesting such a thing with almost unanimous agreement that Wade's career was better.

But was it?

The answer is unequivocally yes. Don't get me wrong, Pierce will always be a Boston sports legend as he has easily been the best player to join up with the Celtics since Larry Bird called it quits all those years ago. He's undoubtedly Boston's star of the century thus far and he is a surefire Hall of Famer.

But that hardly compares to Wade. Dwyane Wade is right up there with Dan Marino in terms of Miami sports legends and Wade has cemented his status as one of the league's best shooting guards. Not just of his generation, mind you, but of all-time.

Wade played in more All-Star games than Pierce, outpacing him by three, and was named to more All-NBA teams, doubling Pierce's total of four. Not to mention, Wade is a three-time NBA champion and Pierce only one a single title. Yes, it's relevant that Wade won with O'Neal and James, but Pierce never won until Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen came to town.

Pierce is undoubtedly one of the greats. But Wade is a superstar and an NBA legend. We love you, Paul, but this is Dwyane's time to shine.

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