5 Reasons Why Dwyane Wade Still Deserves His Big Paycheck
5 Reasons Why Questioning Dwyane Wade's Value is Foolish
Throughout the 2013-14 NBA season, Dwyane Wade has been injured a bit, which has limited his time on the floor. His knees have given him some problems, which has led to him not playing 40 minutes every night and missing a few games entirely, but it’s not really a big deal. However, the basketball world — specifically casual fans — have blasted him for not staying healthy, which is simply asinine because it’s not like he wants to be hurt. In addition, they’ve started to question whether or not he should still be paid a maximum salary, which is even more asinine.
Contrary to popular (and moronic) belief, Wade is still one of the premier players in the league. Sure, he gets somewhat overshadowed by LeBron James but who wouldn’t? He carried the Heat for the better part of a decade before James and Chris Bosh arrived in South Beach, including a championship in 2006 during which he won the NBA Finals MVP award. Yet this guy’s legacy, legitimacy and value are now being questioned. That’s mind-numbing…and not in a good way.
So to set the record straight, we’ve compiled five reasons why Wade is still worth the money he’s receiving from the Miami Heat, the team he put on the map. We could come up with a lot more, but the idiots who are saying this stuff don’t have an attention span long enough to read more than five. Yeah, we went there.
5. He's Still Efficient
People say Wade isn’t pulling his weight, but he’s averaging over 18 points per game while playing an average of 33 minutes each night. What more do you want from a guy who has voluntarily given up scoring opportunities so that his team can thrive with LeBron at the helm? That’s incredibly efficient for a guy who is intentionally playing “second fiddle.”
4. He Does Well at Playing the Role in Which He’s Needed
Sticking with the efficiency aspect, Wade still does all the other little things needed by his team: He’s averaging .6 blocks per game, one of the highest among all guards in the league; He’s still averaging almost five rebounds and assists per game, which is right with his career numbers; He’s turning the ball over less than he ever has in his career; and his shooting percentage is the highest it’s ever been. Again, what more do you want from a guy who is battling injury like a pro?
3. He’s a Team Leader
Another reminder: Wade won a title without LeBron and Bosh and became the unquestioned team leader for the Heat from that point forward. Sure, LeBron may be the guy who gets the ball down the stretch most of the time now, but Wade still leads team meetings, huddles and keeps the team chemistry flowing smoothly through his years of experience as a winning captain. You can’t just buy that through free agency — ask the Knicks.
2. He Still Draws Defensive Attention
Look, he’s still Dwyane Wade. The man has averaged almost 25 points per game for his career and averaged over 30 during the ’08 season, in which he won the scoring title. Teams know he still has the ability to take over games individually when needed, which is why they still have to pay a lot of attention to him defensively. That’s what makes the Heat so lethal — teams have to account for all of Miami’s stars. Take Wade away and that doesn’t happen.
1. If Nothing Else, He’s the Best Insurance Money Can Buy
Has anyone ever thought about what would happen if LeBron broke a leg or suffered some other kind of serious injury? Wade wouldn’t be just an afterthought anymore at that point (and he shouldn’t be now). To whom would the Heat turn to carry the team each night? You guessed it: Wade. So before you just write him off, think again because Wade could make your team a Finals contender by himself. Don’t forget it again.