Dwyane Wade Is Now Miami Heat’s Third Most Important Star

November 20th, 2012 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »
For Dwyane Wade, this was bound to happen at some point.

The All-Star shooting guard has always been the embodiment of athleticism. His drives to the basket, finishes at the rim and ever so smooth fadeaways have been an NBA staple for nearly a decade.

But these athletic stylings of his are exactly the problem. 

How many fadeaways wind up with Wade on the ground? How many of those drives to the basket dictate that he get tossed around in the paint on his way to the rim?

Looking back, far too many.

Wade is just 30, but he operates on a body that is as fragile as a vase that's already been broken and pieced back together. His latest bout with a left foot injury only furthers such a notion.

Though I'll be one of the last people to ever criticize the way Wade plays—he's absolutely magnificent both on and off the ball—even I must admit his refusal, not failure, to adapt his game to an aging body has left him at the bottom of the Miami Heat's Big Three totem pole.

Truth be told, that's not a terrible place to be by any means. In LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Wade, you have three of the NBA's top 1 ...

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