The last few seasons for Dwyane Wade have been a mixture of exuberant highs and devastating lows. Wade has never been truly healthy, and over the course of the last few postseasons the effects of the nightly wear and tear on his body began to show. Even though Wade has won three NBA championships playing for the Miami Heat, many fans and analysts of the game are questioning how effective his play will be this upcoming season with all the injuries he has accrued in his career.
Because of all the doubt, over the course of the summer, Wade teamed up with world-renowned trainer Tim Glover to partake in an aggressive eight-week course that was meant to help condition Wade’s recovering knee issues and help get him back into shape for the upcoming season. The training with Glover was a success, as Wade was able to come to training camp in the best shape of his career. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told ESPN:
“He’s extremely fit, he’s had a great camp so far. He’s trying to win every drill.”
The Heat are going to need every ounce of tenacity from Wade this season if they are going to win a third straight title. Not only is this a contract season for Wade (which is mildly important), but the opportunity to win a fourth title in his career would elevate Wade into the stratosphere of elite NBA players.
Wade will undoubtedly receive fewer minutes this season in order to keep him fresh for the playoffs. It could be the lowest average of minutes in Wade’s career, which means the superstar shooting guard will need to play with more efficiency in his shot selection than ever before. His field goal percentage will need to increase again this season, higher than the 51 percent he shot last year (which was the highest of his career).
Wade’s aggressive play is vital to the Heat attaining a three-peat. No Wade means no championship.