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5 Reasons Why Dwyane Wade Belongs on the 2014 NBA All-Star Team

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5 Reasons Why Dwyane Wade Belongs on the 2014 NBA All-Star Team

Dwyane Wade
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Dwyane Wade has been an NBA All-Star every year except his rookie season. He is a three-time NBA Champion and has won both the Finals MVP and All-Star game MVP. Last Thursday he was voted as a starter for the 2014 All-Star game even though he is having the second worst season of his career. He has been unhealthy since last year and his lingering knee issues has kept him out of the lineup for 13 games. When he has played he has been rather inconsistent scoring in single digits three consecutive games recently.

While he is averaging under 20 points per game for the first time since his rookie season, he is shooting the highest percentage of his career. Wade is averaging 18.4 points, 4.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting nearly 54 percent. His career averages are 24.5 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 49 percent from the field. His numbers are down because he has taken on a lesser role and recently has been the No. 3 option on offense.

Miami Heat center Chris Bosh has had his best stretch since he joined the team over the last three weeks. LeBron James continues to be the number one option and continues to dominate the ball while he is in the game. James plays much better without Wade on the court because Miami surrounds him with perimeter shooters which Wade is not. If Wade was one most other teams he could probably still average 22-25 points per game, but he is not needed to. What Miami misses the most when he is not in the game is his defensive presence. The Heat trap the ball handler a lot on pick and rolls, but when Wade is not in the game they are a step slow.

A lot of what Wade brings to the table doesn't show up on the stat sheet. That along with these other reasons are why he deserves to be a 2014 NBA All-Star.

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High Shooting Percentage

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He is still one of the most efficient players in the NBA. Wade is shooting a career high 53.8 percent which means if he had more chances he would be averaging more points.

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Still Playing at a High Level

Skill Level
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Even though his numbers are down, he is still playing at a high level on offense and defense. As a two time defending champion, he plays in the most meaningful games and shines in them.

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Career Achievement

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The NBA All-Star game still serves as a career achievement more than a meaningful game. This explains why guys like Magic Johnson, Tim Duncan and even Kobe Bryant this year have gotten it without statistically deserving it.

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Lack of Star Power in East

Star Power
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When it comes to star power in the East, it stops with the starting five. The shooting guard positions is exceptionally weak in the East with DeMar DeRozan, Arron Afflalo, Bradley Beal, Joe Johnson and Lance Stephenson as the other possibilities.

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Fans Want to See Him

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As long as the fans still want to see him play, he will continue to be a deserving pick. The way the system works is that the fans get all the power in selecting the starters so he will continue to be selected.