Up to this point we have pretty much heard all the hype of Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, Amare Stoudemire, and all the other big names; which would be the biggest grab in free agency. The New York chose Amare for 100 million over 5 years, also hoping to leverage more ground on the Lebron Stakes. I feel the biggest steal in this summer’s bonanza might just be Carlos Boozer. I give you that he might be the safest money and the best Power Forward available including Stoudemire. I did not forget Dirk Nowitzki, and he’s definably a max contact player, but we all knew Dirk was going nowhere, he just needed to get his last minute money guarantee before the owners and league slow down player salaries.
In comparing the three biggest names left we need to take into account all of the history a clubs buying in their new player. Let us start with the ready to sign Amare Stoudemire. He was drafted into the league ninth overall by the Phoenix Suns in 2002 straight out of high school. In high school his greatest accomplishment was being MVP of the NIKE Summer League. In the NBA, he is a 5 time all-star, averages 21.4 PPG, and 8.9 RB, and has never won a championship despite averaging 37 PPG in the finals against the San Antonio Spurs in 2005. He has had a number of injuries including knee cartilage damage which in turn has kept him away from international play in the past and lost him all but 3 games in his fourth year. He’s played 516 NBA games in 8 years, that’s 79%, not bad. To wrap up Amare, still no championship at any level of play is worth 99.7 million to the New York Knicks to bring them one.
Chris Bosh on the side started his lime light by winning Texas’ 4A state championship with a 40-0 record. They were also USA Today National Champions. Chris attended Georgia Tech after high school only to leave after his freshman year. The Toronto Raptors used fourth overall pick in 2003 to select Bosh. In the NBA, he averages 20.2 PPG, and 9.4 RB reaching the playoffs only twice, only for first round exits. He was a member of the 2008 USA Gold Medal Team in Beijing. Chris has played in 509 games in 7 NBA seasons, that’s 89%, very good. To wrap up Bosh, much bigger upside seeing that he’s at least won in various levels of play, no major injuries, which leads me to believe he’s going to cost a little bit more.
Now Carlos Boozer started off with back to back high school championships in Alaska. He chose Duke University and helped them win the 2001 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship. He was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round in 2002. He is averaging 17.2 PPG, and 10.2 RB in his 8 seasons. He also joined Chris Bosh in China for the 2008 Summer Olympics winning the Gold as well. He has played 510 games, only 78%, not bad. To wrap up Carlos, his nagging injuries aside, he is the only one to average a double double for his career, Dirk Nowitzki included. He’s won championships at every level except this one.
The final wrap up is this: I’ll take the discounted underrated champion with his double double average over any other Power Forward on the market now!