What If? – Wally Szczerbiak’s legs weren’t shot
Wally Szczerbiak through his first three years in the NBA was a top 25-player. He could score, play defense, he passed the ball and could rebound well for a small forward. Yet, Szczerbiak’s career would be hampered by knee and ankle problems. Injuries that were so severe that a fourth knee operation at 32 would make it hard for him to live a normal life due to the damaged cartilage in his knees.
So what if Szczerbiak wasn’t hampered by injuries when he arrived in Cleveland? For starters, he was the perfect compliment for a player like LeBron James. He was a dynamic scorer from both inside and out. He was a career 40% three-point scorer at a time when a that was a rarity. Szczerbiak would’ve been a multi-time All-Star with James passing him the ball. That’s if Szczerbiak had ended up on the 2007-2008 squad as is with healthy legs.
What if he landed on that team with Carlos Boozer and Andre Miller still there? That would’ve been the perfect starting five in NBA history. Szczerbiak could play shooting guard at the height of his athletism and would’ve fit in nicely with that team. Miller and Zydrunas Ilgauskas were great mid-range shooters, Boozer and James were the guys who would’ve attacked the basket and that meant that Szczerbiak would’ve been able to take long-range shots more than ever before. It would’ve been the best starting five in Cavs history; if everyone was still there and if everyone was healthy.
A huge “What If?” but had Szczerbiak ended up in Cleveland while he was healthy, then James wins at least one title.