Somewhat outlandish prediction: Wade is 3rd highest scorer on Heat next year
I read somewhere someone said that Scottie Pippen could score 8 points and dominate a game.
Does anybody else suspect that Wade might be that type of guy as well? I would not at all be surprised to see Wade be the mature one of this group, the one who facilitates for the others.
Yes he has been a 30/6 player. He's shown that he has the ability to do that. But I don't think that's essentially Wade in the way it is essential for Lebron and Bosh to score 25 points every night. If Lebron or Bosh goes a quarter without a bucket, things start to feel wrong. I don't get that feeling with Wade. I don't see a guy who has anything riding on his scoring. He just does what's needed.
I would not be surprised to see Wade average under 20 next year. Maybe even as low as 16-18 per. I am expecting him to take on the mature Billups role here (while being way more talented than Billups). Being calm and constant no matter how the game seems to be going, giving guys the ball in the right spot, playing league-leading defense for his position.
Wade can score 30 a night, we know this. But high-volume scoring comes much more naturally to Bosh and Lebron does it not? These guys are giants, always quicker than the guy guarding them. Wade always had to work harder than Lebron for his points. Always had to get knocked down a few times a game, 10, 12, 16, at times 20 FTAs to have a 35-40 point night. Lebron doesn't even feel contact. Bosh is a finesse guy.
Anyone else get this feeling? I also think the Heat are best off if this happens. I used to think there was no way Wade would be an all-star level player after 30 the way he had to sacrifice his body on a nightly basis. Either that, or, (perhaps worse), he'd become Rockets T-mac. Last year we also got a hint of what it's like for Wade to hold back. Best, I think, for him to settle into a style of play that suits him and that helps the team out but that allows him to pick his spots.
Re: Somewhat outlandish prediction: Wade is 3rd highest scorer on Heat next year
Originally Posted by Doctor Rivers
That was due to injuries. Imagine if Wade has been healthy the last couple of years. He would have put up insane numbers.
Yep he would of had similar seasons in 07 and 08 like he did in 09 if he didn't get injured. But there was no excuse last year he was a better player but he came in out of shape, if Wade played hard for the whole season last year the Heat easily could of won 5 to 10 more games. This year i can understand he had to adjust his role, the whole custody thing, a few injuries and still a pretty good year. I'm hoping for a big year next year