Miami Heat: Don't Forget About Dwyane
A leader, a champion, and the face of the Miami Heat franchise was forced to alter his approach to each game with the presence of James on the same floor. If Wade was unable to take a ‘back-seat’ to James, this pairing might have caused some tension in the locker room and thus otherwise crippled the franchises’ chance at multiple titles.
Most are quick to judge Wade’s drop in numbers as a drop in productivity, but they’d be wrong to say that. This season, Wade shot above 50% from the field for the first time in his career. Averaging 21 points, 5 boards and 5 assists per contest would be great for most players in the league, but because Wade has shown us 30/7.5/5 before, writers, broadcasters, podcasters; they’re all quick to say he’s lost a step, lost his confidence. But on a team where someone else is dropping 27/8/7 while taking his 4th MVP in 5 years, D-Wade is doing work.
When you play with the greatest to ever play, you take a backseat because you will still get yours. Wade checked his superstar ego at the door and laced up his star sidekick sneaks. And lets not forget that Wade has already proven to us all that he can be THE guy. He proved it well before LeBron did. He won his first championship as the primary figure on his team. That’s something Jordan accomplished; Kobe didn’t. Not a shot at Kobe, but Wade took the Larry O’brein on his own. The dude put a team on his back like no other.
Wade is still the guy we all remember from ’06, he chooses to allow LeBron his space to dominate for the better of the team and the opportunity to continue winning. D-Wade finished #8 in the league in scoring, #6 in steals and continues to defend the opponents top two guards night in/night out.