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In last year's postseason, Wade clearly didn't perform to the incredibly high level fans were accustomed to seeing from him (averaging 22.8 PPG, his lowest postseason average since his rookie season). Still, many were way too quick to write him off as an elite player.
His less-than-stellar performance can easily be explained, as he had just completed a grueling shortened season filled with back-to-backs and was clearly not healthy for the postseason.
After offseason knee surgery, expect Wade to be raring to go for 2012-13.
And even though he's older and more prone to getting dinged-up here and there, Dwyane Wade is still one of the very best the NBA has to offer.
Despite the shortened season, Wade was incredible on the offensive end in 2011-12. He shot 49.7 percent from the field (the highest mark for a shooting guard) and finished with a PER of 26.37 (the third-highest mark in the NBA, behind only LeBron James and Chris Paul).
Wade is simply too potent on the offensive end for the Heat not to be best with him as their second scoring option.