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NBA Finals Duel : ’06 Wade vs. ’93 Jordan

August 14th, 2013 | by Asmir Pekmic
NBA Finals Duel : ’06 Wade vs. ’93 Jordan
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I was recently going through the list of the greatest NBA finals performances in the history of the league and noticed that many people disagree with it. Precisely, they disagree with Dwyane Wade being ranked the first on the list, while some other great finals performances are not even within the top 10.

Wade Jordan

“Air Jordan” and “Flash”

Honestly, I was surprised when I saw Wade on the first spot. “Flash” had an astonishing series against the Mavericks in 2006, but I couldn’t believe that he performed better than some all-time greats, such as Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal or Kobe Bryant.

Note that all performances on the list are ranked by PER (Player Efficiency Rating) and during 2006 finals, Wade had a mind-blowing 33.8 PER. The second-best on the list is Tim Duncan’s finals performance in which he managed to achieve 32 PER which is, in terms of PER calculation, significantly worse than the PER Wade achieved during his golden year.

For those of you who are not familiar with PER, here is an excerpt from Wikipedia :

“PER takes into account positive accomplishments, such as field goals, free throws, 3-pointers, assists, rebounds, blocks and steals, and negative ones, such as missed shots, turnovers and personal fouls. The formula adds positive stats and subtracts negative ones through a statistical point value system. The rating for each player is then adjusted to a per-minute basis so that, for example, substitutes can be compared with starters in playing time debates. It is also adjusted for the team’s pace. In the end, one number sums up the players’ statistical accomplishments for that season.” 

During his NBA finals against the Phoenix Suns, Michael Jordan averaged 41 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game…and yes, you read that right. However, his PER was only 27.6 which was good enough for the 14th position on the list. His performance from 1998 finals where he averaged 33.5 points and “only” 4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while converting 42.7% of his shots has a PER of 30.8 and is on the sixth spot on the list.

I will compare Wade’s 2006 finals performance and Jordan’s 1993 performance to clarify why Jordan’s performance wasn’t better than Wade’s. Posting 41-8-6 averages seems impossible, but not for Michael Jordan. And while it looks astonishing, there is a whole new story behind those numbers.

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Asmir Pekmic
A TLN founder and a 21 year old student from Bosnia and Herzegovina. I am just a big basketball fan who follows the NBA and loves to write about it.

12 Comments

  1. Matthew Price Matthew Price says:

    Lol the poll made it clear.

    Nice article!

  2. Great article Asmir! Awesome breakdown of their final performances.

  3. Daron TheKing James says:

    Mane, you’re an IDIOT for listing Kobe’s name behind Jordan’s & Shaq’s. NONE of Kobe’s Finals performances are better than Wade’s 2006 Finals performance. LAY OFF THE CRACK!!!! SMDH

  4. Aira Mae Torreon Logronio says:

    love wade forever! #wadecountry

  5. Adam says:

    Jordan scored more points ( 41 pts to 34,7pts ) on highest fg pct ( 50,8% to 46,8 % ) and grabs more rebounds ( 8,5 rb to 7,8 rb ) and dishes more assist ( 6,3 as to 3,8 as ) so you’re right – Jordan’s performance must be worse than Wade’s ( sorry for my english )

  6. Brandon says:

    Wade 06 performance was the best I’ve seen ever! Didn’t need the rankings to tell me that. They just provided affirmation. But don’t under shoot his 2011 playoff performance. He was the best player on the floor in that series. LBJ owes him a Finals MVP, for not showing up that series!

  7. rvzablan says:

    Wade is the best and he is the reason why I’m watching the NBA after MJ retires.

  8. Tyrone Cunningham says:

    Brilliant insight! This is why I say basketball is a thinking man’s game. Not because I grew up not too far from the Miami Arena, I grew up loving the Miami Heat and Dwayne Wade. Your article affirms what I’ve known all along: D-Wade is one of the best, all-time. Period. We’re not talking about different eras here, or different positions. We’re talking pure skill, intense drive, and a champion’s mentality. Wade has it in spades, and in my eyes, he’ll always be the greatest basketball player. Only Jordan alone is comparable to him, so we know he’s great. I’m tired of the Kobe argument. Kobe will never be better than Wade. It’s Jordan, then Wade, then Kareem/Magic. Winners, all of them.

  9. Ezequiel says:

    Wade performance was better!!!

    In your face Mark Cuban!!!!!!!!! :)

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