The Big Three, Miami Thrice, LeBoshade, Miami Vice…the superhero list goes on.
But after watching Dwyane Wade fall to injury during the first three minutes of the Miami Heat‘s (massively over-hyped) first preseason game, it’s time for reality to settle in.
No matter how bad fans would like to convince themselves that LeBron, Wade, and Bosh are dispensable immortals, at the end of the day these guys are humans just like each and everyone of us.
What would happen if one of the big three fell short to a season (and playoff) ending injury?
Would the other two superstars be able to carry their team to the promise land and capture a championship trophy?
James and Wade
Without Chris Bosh the Miami Heat would be severely undersized. Udonis Haslemwould most likely slide into the starting four spot (unless LeBron decided to step up and play the power-forward position).
While both James and Wade’s scoring averages would quickly increase, the Heat as a team would struggle on the boards.
Come playoff time, the Magic and Celtics would provide mismatches to their advantage due to the plethora of big men on both of their rosters.
Would the Heat win a championship without Chris Bosh?—No.
Wade and Bosh
Losing LeBron would instantly put a serious load of work right back onto Dwyane Wade’s shoulders (just like in the previous seasons).
Without James around to control Miami’s offensive scheme, Wade and Chalmers would be forced to split time bringing up the ball.
For every turnover Mario Chalmers averaged just two assists last season (good enough for 34th best out of leagues point-guards).
Subtract James from this Miami Heat team and they don’t seem too big and bad after all.
Would the Heat win a championship without LeBron James?—No.
James and Bosh
If the Heat were going to have any chance at winning the championship without one of their superstars it would be without Dwyane Wade.
Sound crazy? Well, it’s not!
The duo of James and Bosh are much stronger than the other two combinations listed above.
While talent-wise James and Wade would create a headache for any team that they match up against, they would also lack the legitimate big man needed to secure the paint on both ends of the court.
Similar to how James never had a top-tier power-forward in Cleveland, it wouldn’t be possible for Wade and James to pass through Orlando, Boston, and the Lakers come playoff time if they lack size.
Without Wade on the court LeBron would still be able to play his game while making his teammates better simultaneously.
With Mike Miller at the starting shooting-guard position, James would have the leisure of attacking the basket and dishing the rock out to various three-point shooting threats.
With Bosh being the versatile big man that he is, James would be able to feed the former Toronto Raptor in the paint and all around the perimeter on the offensive end of the court.
Would the Heat win a championship without Dwyane Wade?—Yes.