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by: AnthonyP On  Friday, January 23, 2009

Dwyane WadeTotal Pro Sports – Dwyane Wade is one of the most prolific scorers in the NBA. You need a three with one second left to win, hell most likely make it. You need clutch free throws; he’s your man. Whatever you need, Wade can usually take care of business.

After having a large group of veterans surrounding him just a few years ago when the Miami Heat won the NBA title, Wade is in charge now. Both he and Udonis Haslem are the only two left on the roster from that championship team, so now Wade has to play the role of leader and mentor. With 2 rookies (Mario Chalmers and Mike Beasley) and a newcomer to the Heat (Shawn Marion) in the lineup along with Wade and Haslem, they had a lot of work to do. Although Coach Spolestra has been in the Heat organization for over ten years now, head coach is a big difference, and again Wade not only took notes from him, but helped “Coach Spo” learn how the Heat play and worked with his coach to perfect the way the team works.

After a dismal 15-67 season last year, the Heat are now 22-19 and 6th in the Eastern Conference. Now this is an entire team effort obviously, but a lot of this credit goes to Wade. Usually when people are asked who the best player in the NBA is, the answer is either LeBron, Kobe, Chris Paul, or KG; Dwyane Wade is usually forgotten about because of the dismal season the Heat had last year. But this year that is not the case.

The Miami Heat are my surprise team this year. Wade, Haslem, and Marion all have plenty of playoff experience. Wade is an unbelievable player and an even better team leader. The 2 rookies are playing wonderfully, with Chalmers averaging 9 points and 4.5 assists and Beasley at 14 points and 5 rebounds. The 5 starters, with no more than 2 or 3 guys rotating into the offense, play most of the 48 minutes in the game. The starting 5 of the Heat have great chemistry, and look out is all I can say. After last year, Wade and the Heat are out for blood, and are looking to take the Eastern Conference and the NBA by storm this year. The Celtics, Cavs, and the Magic are all having fantastic years, but the surprise and the upset alert for this year is the Heat.




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