ON the surface Chris and Chris were revolutionary players during their time in the league. Webber was a playmaking forward who helped the Kings, yes the Sacramento Kings become relevant in the early 21st century. Bosh was the stereotypical stretch big, spacing the floor with his long-range shooting while still managing to tick the boxes and perform the other duties of a generic power forward. It’s tough to determine a clear winner when arguing who had a better career but I gave it my best shot. Bosh or Webber, who you got?
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PLAYING alongside LeBron James is going to put a few more playoff wins on your resume, just ask James Jones. Bosh managed just two first-round appearances off his own back while he was North of the border, albeit with a mediocre supporting cast. Webber almost featured in as many of playoff games and Bosh and the former King did star for the franchise at the turn of the 2000’s during their most successful stretch as a ball club. Webber edged out his younger counterpart on averages as well with his 18.7 PPG and 8.7 RPG topping Bosh’s 15.6 PPG and 7.5 RPG. At the end of the day, despite who their teammates were, Bosh was an integral part of Miami’s two championships and deserves the slight nod over Webber.
Edge: Bosh (Just)
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THIS one is tough based on the different era’s that both guys played in and their distinct yet different variety of talents they bring to the table. Webber was more of a playmaker and as a result, he averaged more assists than Bosh in his career (4.2 compared to 2.0). Amazingly their career point totals are separated by just seven points, highlighting how good Webber was at scoring despite playing 62 fewer games than Bosh. It’s well known that Bosh has to sacrifice his scoring numbers a bit when he joined Miami, but his respectable 33.5 3P% helps him hold his own in this argument. However, across the board Webber had more of an impact on the game than the former Heat/Raptor big man, helping him tie things up.
Edge: Webber (Just)
MUCH like offense, this one is tough to pick a winner. Both Chris’ were admirable defenders during their time in the league, but the offensive side of the ball was where they did their damage. Their numbers from their careers are similar on the surface however Webber takes bragging rights for career rebounds, steals and blocks, topping Bosh on a per-game basis as well. Considering the elite players at the power forward spot that Webber was clashing with on a nightly basis (see below) and the fact that he managed to lead the league in rebounds (at 13.0 a game) in 98-99 gives him another win.
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BOSH – 2016 NBA Finals Game 6
THERE are plenty of clutch baskets, boards and blocks that Chris Bosh accumulated over his career, but his finest moment came on the offensive glass. Down three with the shot clock turned off Miami was on the verge of surrendering the Larry O’Brien trophy to the Spurs in Game 6 of the 2013 Finals, until Bosh and Ray Allen combined for a game-saving play. Bosh snared an offensive rebound off a James missed three and crisply found Allen in the corner – who subsequently hit a now-infamous three-pointer to force OT. Without that rebound, the Heat loses the championship and the legacies of everyone on the court play out differently.
WEBBER – 2001 Regular Season vs. Pacers
WHILE Webber’s most memorable occasion came in college when he called an unfortunate timeout for the Wolverines, his best moment came in much happier circumstances. His 28 point, 14 rebound, 8 assist, 7 block, 4 steal stat-line in a win or go home against the future champion Lakers gets an honourable mention but it doesn’t take the cake. Even though it came during an L, Webber joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only other player in history with 50+ points and 25+ rebounds in a single game during a 2001 clash against the Pacers. Those numbers are hard to replicate in 2K let alone in a real NBA game.
AS historic as Webber’s line against Indiana was, Chris Bosh literally saved the Miami Heat’s 2013 championship. The argument is there, and Ray Allen’s shot is more famous than the rebound itself. However, Bosh’s board will be played on NBA highlight reels long after we’re gone.
NOW things are getting interesting. Locked at two apiece there isn’t a clear winner for this section in my eyes. Sure, Webber made more All-NBA teams with Bosh managing just one Second Team appearance in 2007 compared to C-Webb’s 5 nods, but Bosh had more than twice the number of All-Star nods (11-5) and claimed two NBA titles. Adding the Rookie of the Year crown in ’94 and a rebounding title in ’99 not only helps to strengthen Webber’s case I think it pushes him over the line in this category.
OFF the court both men are well respected for what they achieved on the court and there’s no doubt they’ll be remembered for their impact on the game. Webber went straight from his career into the booth and is one of the premier TV personalities still covering the game. Bosh still hasn’t had a lengthy post-basketball career and only recently did he choose to finally call time on his playing days. Bosh had plenty of notable achievements with the Heat and Raptors, finishing among the franchise leaders in a majority of categories for both ball clubs. However, Webber’s legacy as one of, if not, the best player in Sacramento Kings history is hard to argue against.
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VERDICT – CHRIS WEBBER
GIVE Chris Bosh another two or three seasons at Miami averaging say 17 points and eight rebounds with a few playoff appearances thrown in the mix and this argument could be very different. However, that isn’t the case and being forced into an early retirement at the age of 33 holds Bosh back from topping Chris Webber in this head-to-head battle. The end results are closer than the tally may reflect and these two guys are incredibly similar in a lot of aspects. Webber deserves the win though, just.