Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
If the Miami Heat are even going to think about repeating as NBA champions, they will need a healthy Dwyane Wade.
Right now, that doesn't seem all that likely.
Wade is performing at the lowest level of his career since his rookie year. His poor play can be blamed on poor health. Surgeries and nagging injuries have caught up to the 30-year-old, and he just doesn't have the same burst that garnered him a finals MVP trophy. Actually, nothing in his game represents anything close to that MVP finals performance.
The Heat are aware of this too, as he has was limited to 33 minutes per game for all of last season, as well as for the start of this one.
His once top-flight athleticism allowed to him to dominate games. Now, as he has slowed down, it's tough to imagine what a team led by Wade without LeBron James starring on it would look like for an 82-game season.
Don't count him out completely when playoff time comes, but with his tendency to miss games, his MVP-like performances are a thing of the past.