Dwyane Wade: 5 Reasons Why He’ll Continue To Regress In 2014-15

5 Reasons Why Dwyane Wade Will Continue To Regress In 2014-15

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Dwyane Wade isn't the same elite player that he used to be. His speed and agility are both noticeably down, and he has had major trouble staying healthy for the Miami Heat in each of the last three years. He is still one of the NBA's best shooting guards, but that speaks more to the lack of high-end talent at that position than it does to Wade's remaining ability. Here are 5 reasons why he will continue to regress during the 2014-15 NBA season.

5. Loss of Motivation

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5. Loss of Motivation

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With best friend LeBron James heading off to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Wade already having three championship rings, one could hardly blame him if he no longer had the same drive to succeed that he used to. After four NBA Finals appearances and two titles during the last four seasons, Wade has very little left to accomplish in the league.

4. Too Much Offensive Responsibility

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4. Too Much Offensive Responsibility

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Wade looks to be Miami's de facto point guard, with Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole and rookie Shabazz Napier either not truly suited for the role or just too inexperienced to take it on. He'll be expected to put up in excess of 20 points per game, facilitate the team's offense and make sure that Chris Bosh and Luol Deng get their share of touches. That's a ton of responsibility to give to a player who hasn't had that much on his plate in five years.

3. Departure of LeBron

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3. Departure of LeBron

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It is possible — very likely, even — that the presence of LeBron on the Heat hid just how severely Wade has already declined. With James' playmaking and his demanding of attention from opposing defenders gone, Wade may be looking at a steep regression next season.

2. Age

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2. Age

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Wade will turn 33 in the middle of the 2014-15 season. There is no escaping age, and Wade could very well permanently lose some of the natural gifts that made him such a dominant player earlier in his career.

1. Injuries

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1. Injuries

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Wade's knees are a serious problem. He has tried close to every treatment available without any real payoff. It was thought that resting Wade during last season would keep him fresh for a deep playoff run, but he looked spent in the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs and contributed almost nothing. An inability to stay healthy is the biggest barrier standing in the way of future NBA success for Wade.

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

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