As we have been watching, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade has been on a whole other level in this season’s playoffs. He went from being perceived as a declining shooting guard to a player who is playing like he is 26 again and in the midst of his prime. Honestly, we shouldn’t be surprised by this at all.
Wade has said time and time again that he is working harder than ever. He hired a different trainer in the offseason and is at about 5 percent body fat. Also, Coach Spo was very smart this season by limiting Wade’s minutes during games. D-Wade has missed the least amount of games in his last 4 or 5 seasons. He has become the best example of a superstar aging with grace.
With Wade finding the fountain of youth, it seems that people are perceiving his legacy better. Before the playoffs began, many thought of him as a washed up player (I disagree) and that has seemingly changed. This year we are all being reminded about how clutch he is.
Thus far during this playoff run Wade is averaging 22 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game alongside of shooting 61.5% from beyond the arc.
In Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semi Finals versus the Toronto Raptors, everyone knew Wade was getting the last shot. It was in Wade’s hand if the Miami’s season was pretty much done for. And what did he do? Wade drove to the hoop and got a very clutch game-tying lay-up that eventually sent the game to overtime.
From what I have seen recently, Wade went from an arguable third best SG in NBA History (Behind MJ and Kobe) to being the clear third best. It will be really interesting to see just how far Wade can take the Heat in this year’s playoffs. I’m hoping for at least a matchup with LeBron James in the Eastern Conference Finals but we shall see.