Dwyane Wade is widely considered as one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, and this label can be easily justified.
Wade is a great shot-blocker, especially for his size—in fact, Wade was the only shooting guard in the league to average over 1 BPG.
In addition, Wade led all shooting guards in defensive plays—a metric that takes steals, blocks and charges into consideration—with 3.12 per game.
Although these numbers lead one to believe that Wade is an outstanding defender, they are somewhat misleading.
Wade’s defense is a bit overrated because he takes too many risks.
Many of Wade’s best defensive plays come from playing the passing lanes.
While playing the passing lanes often result in steals, it also often frees Wade’s man for an open jumper, and the stats back this up.
According to mysynergysports.com, Wade allows 0.94 PPP (points-per-possession) off of open spot-up jumpers, which ranks him 188th in the league.
Wade’s defense didn’t necessarily contribute to very many wins, either.
His defensive win share this year was 2.9, which ranked him 27th in the league—not necessarily an elite number.