Few sports debates gain more traction than comparing players from different generations. Last week, CBS Sports Radio host Brandon Tierney posed the question, was Chris Bosh better than peak Julius Randle?
It would be laughable to compare their careers. Bosh has two rings and 11 All-Star appearances in a career that was cut short because of a blood clot condition. In comparison, Randle has one All-Star appearance and has yet to even advance to the playoffs, let alone win a title.
Late Tuesday night, Tierney’s tweet again resurfaced when the NBA on TNT crew addressed the question. Bosh’s former teammate Dwyane Wade responded bluntly, calling it “a dumb question. Whoever asked that question, don’t be dumb.”
But everyone who immediately blasted Tierney for the tweet, ignored the actual question. Tierney was not comparing careers, he was comparing the players with the condition of Randle being at his best. And at his best, Randle is having an All-Star season and has so far carried the Knicks into playoff position. Wade and others defending Bosh cited his longevity and enduring statistical success, but that doesn’t counter the fact that Randle at his peak is outperforming the rest of his career.
Before teaming up with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami, Bosh led the Toronto Raptors to a record above .500 just one time in seven seasons. He was a perennial All-Star and a 20-10 player, but he could not consistently carry a team to the playoffs.
Randle hasn’t been a perennial All-Star and it took him much longer to become a 20-10 player. But again, Tierney’s question was not about their careers, it was about Randle at his peak. And at his peak, he’s a 20-10 All-Star with the ability to carry a team to the playoffs.