By Shane Phillips @ShaneRantSports on March 12, 2014
Dwyane Wade’s days as “Flash” may be long gone, but the matured veteran has come to grips with the fact he is no longer the leading act. He has spent the majority of this NBA season working on his health and being ready for the playoffs. After already missing 16 games this season, the maintenance program looks to be paying off. Here are five reasons why Wade looks 100 percent healthy.
Since the All-Star Break, Wade has played in nine out of 10 games. In those nine games, he has had seven 20-plus point games. Wade is also shooting 55 percent from the field in that period. It has been some time since this type of consistency has been seen from Wade, so he must be healthy.
Wade used to be known for his acrobatic moves and explosive driving ability, but that part of his game has nearly disappeared the last couple of seasons. The shooting guard looks to be back in shape because he has reintroduced the Euro-step to his game -- a move he had trouble performing with his knee issues. Other teams better keep a close eye on Wade.
A great trait of Wade's has been his ability to do everything on the court. He can shoot, dribble, drive, assist and rebound. However, his ability to be an all-around player has been hindered due to his chronic knee issues until now. Wade looks healthy because not only is he scoring, but he is getting his teammates involved and he is not afraid to battle on the boards.
One detail that is always in Wade's scouting report is his ability to pick someone's pocket or jump the passing lanes, but his knees have held him back from stealing the basketball. Over the last nine games, Wade has recorded a steal in eight of them and is averaging 1.5 steals a game in that stretch. His knees must be feeling good if he has that much pep in his step.
A great gauge of Wade's health is the number of times he is getting to the free throw line. The more times he gets to the stripe, the more aggressive he is being. The more aggressive Wade is, the healthier he is. Over Wade's last nine games he is shooting 83 percent from the charity stripe and is averaging just under six attempts per game. Based off of that, I would say Wade is either 100 percent healthy or just about there.
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