Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 6/25/12

Turning on ESPN or talking with casual fans (or even die-hard fans) about the 2012 NBA Finals leads to one conclusion: this one is LeBron James' title. It has cemented his legacy and achieved status as an all-time great. Now it is just about rank-ordering him, but at least we can have those conversations. ESPN has run its segments trying to figure out what it would take to have James be as "great" as Michael Jordan.

That is what sells and get viewers. That is something ESPN is often criticized for catering to.

But if we are going to talk about legacies, there is one guy everyone is forgetting. A two-time NBA champion who was just as vital to the Heat's championship run in 2012 and an all-time great in his own right.

That would be Dwyane Wade, of course.

Wade put in an other-worldly NBA Finals for his first title in 2006, a performance that is getting forgotten in the midst of a lackluster decade of NBA Finals. Wade admitted in the run to his second title -- both last year and this year -- that he was perhaps a little too young to appreciate what he and the Heat had just accomplished. For whatever reason his 34.7 point-per-game performance in the Finals has not put Wade into the upper stratosphere of all-time playoff performances.

This championship was different for Wade. The 2006 title was about Wade's ascendancy and the way he took over and dominated with the aging Shaquille O'Neal helping out. This title, Wade took a back seat and let LeBron have the other-worldly performance on his way to a second title. Wade did not have a great series as injuries slowed him down and he struggled throughout the middle of the postseason. In the Finals, at least, Wade averaged 22.6 points per game.

For the season, Wade averaged 22.1 points per game on 49.7 percent field goal shooting. Wade's scoring average was the lowest since his rookie year. It was an odd year for Wade.

It has been an odd two years for Wade. Especially when you try to create a career storyline.

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