Former NBA point guard makes wild claim that James Harden is better than Dwyane Wade

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On a recent episode of "The OGs" podcast, Udonis Haslem and Mike Miller were joined by former NBA player Jeff Teague.

Since Retirement, Teague has shown that he is unafraid to share his opinion on any NBA topic. Many topics were discussed, from why Teague has James Harden over Dwyane Wade to why Chris Bosh was Miami's most important player during the Big 3 era.

Jeff Teague says Harden is the third-best shooting guard of all time.

A couple of months ago, Jeff Teague said on his podcast, Club 520, that James Harden was better than Dwyane Wade, which rightfully made Miami Heat fans upset. Teague doubled-down on his claim with Haslem and Miller.

"Harden is the No. 3 shooting guard of all-time. Me, just watching his game going against him, competing against him. James Harden when he was by himself in Houston, bro they was going to the Western Conference Finals every year. They were doing all this stuff and he was unbelievable, averaging averaging 35-8-8. He was unguardable!" Teague said. "I ain't trying to disrespect D-Wade but before Bron [went] there, Miami was competing with us, the Hawks. Then Bron came and it's a different stratosphere."

I do not understand what Teague is talking about in this debate. Wade was the best player in the 2006 Finals featuring Shaquille O'Neal and Dirk Nowitzki. Post-2006, look at those Miami teams -- not much talent. From old Jermaine O'Neal to young Michael Beasley, from 2008 to 2010, Wade's second-best player on the team was Udonis Haslem. We all love Haslem, but he can't be your second-best player.

Before LeBron James and Chris Bosh showed up, Wade still got his team to the playoffs. There were first-round exits, but Wade got his teams to two fifth seeds in back-to-back years. Once Harden got to Houston, he put up numbers, no doubt, with two conference finals runs that could have resulted in a Finals appearance, but Houston and Harden came up short against the Golden State Warriors. Harden's teammates in that stretch included Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook.

Teague's comment shows that we forget the whole story regarding a player's career, let alone that it looks like Teague doesn't care about defense -- because Wade is a million times better defender than Harden -- or championships.

Miami's most important player was Chris Bosh

The group was talking about what sacrificing looks like and Chris Bosh's name got brought up. Saying you will sacrifice sounds good but actually doing it is completely different, as the former NBA players brought up.

"Everybody thinks that our most important player was Bron. Our most important player, not our best player, was CB [Chris Bosh]. Because if Bron went down, you could bring in D-Wade, and it's not the same player, but you're gonna get similar results," Haslem said. "We didn't have another CB. If [Bosh] went down and got hurt, we didn't have another one of those."

Added Mike Miller: "The way Spo started using him too, made him impossible to guard. He was shooting threes. That man was cold brother!

I remember being nervous when Bosh got injured during the Indiana Pacers series in 2012, thinking that Miami didn't have an answer for guys like Roy Hibbert and David West with Bosh sidelined.

Years later, it shows that guys like Haslem and Miller still admire what Bosh did for those Miami teams. Bosh gave up offensive numbers to win championships. His most memorable play was a rebound and assist in the 2013 Finals.

The national media liked to pick on Bosh during his years in Miami, but Heat fans know how important he was to two championship teams.