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Dwyane Wade: 5 Reasons Why He’ll Be Better In 2014-15

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5 Reasons Why Dwyane Wade Will Be Better In 2014-15

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Dwyane Wade's decline has been fascinating. In a span of just a few years, the Miami Heat shooting guard has transformed from an undeniably dominant scoring and playmaking force into a meek slasher who can't stay healthy and can rarely put together two great games in a row. Still, all is not lost with the 32-year-old Wade; here are 5 reasons why he will be better during the 2014-15 NBA season.

5. Lower Expectations

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5. Lower Expectations

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With LeBron James gone, few expect the Heat to make very much noise next season. The over-the-top public and media expectations that constantly characterized the 'Heatles' era are gone; Miami can go back to simply playing basketball and not worrying about anything else. Wade, perhaps the team's most scrutinized player due to his alleged drop-off, will benefit from this more than anybody.

4. Good Supporting Cast

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4. Good Supporting Cast

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LeBron may not be there anymore, but Miami still has quite a few quality players. Danny Granger is a promising addition if he can find some of his old form, and Josh McRoberts is a good stretch four. Chris Bosh and Luol Deng will help take the load off of Wade, and Deng should be especially good at this on the defensive end; Wade isn't the perimeter defender he once was, but Deng can take the tougher assignments.

3. More Opportunities

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3. More Opportunities

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The departure of James means more offensive opportunities for everyone else, especially Wade and Bosh. The Heat was LeBron's team during his time in South Beach, and the way the team played reflected this. With him out of the picture, Wade will have a much more consistent and important role in Miami's offense.

2. Wade Will Be Playing a More Natural Role

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2. Wade Will Be Playing a More Natural Role

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In Wade's heyday, he was a ball-dominant scorer who also functioned as his team's point guard. The ball will be in his hands more in 2014-15 than it has been since 2009-10, and Wade should reap the rewards of a return to his more natural playing style.

1. Desire to Prove Everyone Wrong

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1. Desire to Prove Everyone Wrong

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Most of the basketball world is writing off Wade as an aging and declining former superstar, and don't think for a second that he isn't aware of this. Wade is precisely the type of player who takes perceived slights and turns them into sources of motivation. Look for him to do all that he can to prove everyone wrong in 2014-15.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.