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Dwyane Wade is historically good at shot-blocking

May 10, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade listens to the national anthem before their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami Reuters

The Heat Index’s Tom Haberstroh has a great article up today on how Dwyane Wade‘s unprecedented shot-blocking (Wade is the only guard to average at least a block per game over the course of his career) impacts Miami’s defense. Because Wade can block just about anybody’s shot, including a 7-footer’s, the Heat are able to defend the rim extremely well despite not having much size of their own up front:

Wade rarely shies away from shot-blocking opportunities, and that’s partly by design. In the Heat’s mechanical defense, which was orchestrated by Pat Riley and sharpened by Spoelstra, Wade must make his presence felt underneath the rim. The Heat’s defensive blueprint requires guards to act like big men underneath and wall off penetration.

It’s something that newcomers in the Heat system have to get used to. Even a player like Shane Battier, who has studied defensive principles his entire career, needed time to adjust to Wade’s shot-blocking talents.

“Earlier in the season,” Spoelstra remembers, “Shane Battier was in a situation where Dwyane Wade was a low man and the big man caught it right at the rim and Shane went to foul. We told Shane, ‘No, that’s not a fouling situation. Let Dwyane go up there and be a playmaker. That’s not a given even against a center.'”

I encourage you to read the full article, which is quite fantastic. Wade’s next chance to get some highlight-reel blocks will come in the Heat’s second-round series against the Pacers, which begins on Sunday.

  1. paintman34 - May 10, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    so under appreciated

  2. thestudiokida - May 10, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Ill never forget when I saw Dwyane Wade block a Dwight Howard dunk with both hands. Wade saw Howard make his move and he flew over from the weak side to stuff the dunk attempt. Besides the 8-9″ height difference I’m especially impressed that he got both hands up that high. Why hasn’t Wade been in a dunk competition?

    • phaden27 - May 10, 2012 at 6:34 PM

      Same reason Lebron hasn’t, he won’t do it. : /

  3. Justin - May 10, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    First thing is how do you misspell a players name twice when you quote an article spelling it correctly. Come on John… or is it Jon?

    Secondly, I love this quote, “No, that’s not a fouling situation. Let Dwyane go up there and be a playmaker”

    No one ever talks about defense as a playmaking situation. It is cool to think of when all most people just talk about scoring and dunks.

    • Justin - May 10, 2012 at 7:48 PM

      And now it is fixed. Good job John

    • thestudiokida - May 10, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      Where’s the misspelling? Dwyane is spelled correctly, but that doesnt mean PBT didn’t edit it between then and now.

      PS I can’t believe I just said ‘Dwyane’ is correct. Poor guy, spelling is obviously not in his mama’s repetoire.

      • Justin - May 10, 2012 at 8:31 PM

        Yeah they had it spelt Dwayne before and then changed it shortly after my comment. I do agree it is a weird spelling.

  4. soflasfinest - May 10, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    D wade is the 1st player in nba history to accumulate at least 2000+points, 500+assists, 100+steals and 100+blocks in a single season. Plus the first player 6’5 and under to register at least 100+ blocks in a season. Ehh not too shabby. He’s a bad, bad man!

  5. canehouse - May 10, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    WADE IS A CREATURE!!! Love his game!!!!!

  6. africanballer - May 11, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    carmelo anthony will remember him during his vacation

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