Metta Sandiford-Artest says Dwyane Wade is ‘maybe top 3 or 4’ among shooting guards in NBA history'
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Former NBA champion Metta Sandiford-Artest believes that Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade is one of the best shooting guards in NBA history.

Sandiford-Artest was an elite defender during his NBA career. He faced Wade several times, so he certainly knows just how good the Heat icon was.

Wade, who spent the majority of his NBA career with the Heat, was one of the members of Miami’s famous Big 3 with Chris Bosh and LeBron James.

In his storied NBA career, Wade averaged 22.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game while shooting 48.0 percent from the field. He won a scoring title in the 2008-09 season and was an All-NBA selection eight times in his career.

Wade never was an elite 3-point shooter, but he scored in other ways. He became a master at scoring in the midrange, and he used his elite athleticism to get to the rim at will.

It’s not hard to argue that Wade is one of the greatest players in Heat history, as he helped the team to three NBA titles and was named NBA Finals MVP in the 2005-06 season.

Wade knows that he has built an impressive legacy in the NBA in which he will be mentioned as one of the greatest players ever, and it’s clear that his peers, such as Sandiford-Artest, have plenty of respect for him.

Now that his playing career is over, Wade has transitioned into an ownership role in the Utah Jazz organization. He is hoping to add an NBA title as an owner to his already impressive NBA resume as a player.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.