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Undervalued: So a couple of injuries and a non D-Wade like playoff performance warrants him being plummeted five spots in the #NBARank?
I don’t think that’s fair at all.
One of the Tweets last year about Wade’s No. 3 ranking read “Dwyane Wade is the best pound-for-pound player in the NBA.” So in one year, he has dropped five spots and is behind a Derrick Rose, who didn’t even play in the postseason?
Throughout the entire last season, there was this opinion that followed Wade that he was no longer the player he once was.
From analysts to ESPN anchors to sports writers, people suddenly started to say Wade was aging, on his decline and didn’t have the same pop in his game. So from the time the 2011 NBA Finals ended to present time, Wade has fallen off that much?
I don’t think so.
I think a lot of that judgment has to do with the fact that he handed the Heat’s reigns over to LeBron James and from the simple fact that he is the second-best player on this team. Is Wade as athletic as he was when he was 24?
Of course not.
However, I don’t believe No. 8 accurately represents his current value. He suffered from some nagging injuries and due to his style of play, he may have aged faster than other players.
Still, the guy is only 30!
There are plenty of greats that play well into their thirties. If Wade takes proper care of his body, there is no doubt in my mind that he is a top-five player. His overall game of athleticism, ability to drive, rebound, assist and outstanding defensive skills makes him a top-five player in the NBA.
Plus, Wade is at his best when people doubt him, so this No. 8 ranking might just propel the former Finals MVP into "Flash" mode.