The Best and Worst of Dwyane Wade So Far

Allen LevinCorrespondent IIJanuary 9, 2013

The Best and Worst of Dwyane Wade So Far

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    Dwyane Wade may be enduring one his worst statistical seasons as a pro, but he happens to be enjoying the best shooting year of his career and still boasts a 22.56 Player Efficiency Rating, good enough for No. 12 in the league.

    That being said, we have witnessed both vintage Wade moments and some forgettable games by the eight-time All-Star this season.  

    At 30 years old, Wade's best athletic days are behind him, but his high basketball IQ, tremendous all-around skill and impenetrable will still provide us with outstanding plays on the hardwood. 

    It hasn't been all roses for the veteran, however. It's been a season full of highlights and lowlights for Dwyane Wade. 

The Best of Dwyane Wade

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    This highlight came early on in the season, as you can tell by the fact that Rashard Lewis is actually in this play. 

    Dwyane Wade uses a Lewis screen to get around his defender, then blows by the Brooklyn Nets' Mirza Teletovic before he serves up Reggie Evans with a two-handed facial. 

    It was a classic Wade play, getting the home crowd pumped by throwing down a nice two-handed jam in his opposition's face. 

It's Not All About Dunking

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    Shaquille O'Neal might have given Dwyane Wade the nickname "Flash" because of his blazing speed, but how about his flashy passing?

    Wade's always been a great facilitator, with a career average of 6.1 assists per game, and he showed that in this spectacular pass to LeBron James

    Wade forced a steal to start a two-on-one fast break with James, racing the length of the court as the Washington Wizards' Chris Singleton chased after him, leaving LeBron unattended. 

    Wade then put on his best Jason Williams impression, dishing a beautiful behind-the-back pass to an open James for an easy two points. 

    It was more impressive because Singleton still thought Wade had possession of the ball and didn't turn around until James was hanging on the rim, seeming more confused than JaVale McGee normally does. 

A True Two-Way Player

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    For as much as Dwyane Wade is known for his offensive prowess, he's always been one of the better defensive players in the league. 

    He is arguably the best shot-blocking guard of all time and has shown his ability to swat people much taller than he is. 

    With the Miami Heat up one point and 10 seconds remaining in regulation in a tightly contested game against the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this season, the Cavs had the final possession and a chance to win.

    Jeremy Pargo drove past Mario Chalmers only to meet Wade near the basket. Pargo tried a spin move to shake Wade but was forced into a one-footed, fadeaway jumper, which resulted in a monster block from Wade to preserve the victory. 

The Worst of Dwyane Wade

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    So this happened in the preseason in China and in one of Dwyane Wade's first games back from offseason knee surgery, but it certainly qualifies for a lowlight from D-Wade this year. 

    Wade picked off a pass and had a wide-open lane for a fast-break dunk, but he somehow missed the easy left-handed slam. 

    Wade was able to laugh it off, but it was still pretty bad in front of a highlight-hungry Chinese fanbase. 

Not Wade's Classiest Moment

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    Dwyane Wade isn't known as a dirty player, but this play may have been one of the most unprofessional moments in his career. 

    Seemingly frustrated by the Charlotte Bobcats' comeback and the Miami Heat's in-game struggles, Wade delivered a knee to the groin of Ramon Sessions in a call that actually went against Sessions. 

    Under further review, the league determined that the groin shot was excessive and Wade was suspended for a game without pay. 

    Sessions publicly said he thought the kick was intentional, and it's hard to argue against the Bobcats guard per video evidence. 

    Obviously, Wade categorically denied that notion. 

    I'm far from being a dirty player + my intent was never 2 kick Ramon Sessions. I just reacted to the contact that I got from him....

    — Way of WADE (@DwyaneWade) December 28, 2012

Almost Rock Bottom: Wade Gets a Taste of His Own Medicine

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    Dwyane Wade is usually the one delivering block parties against bigger and taller opponents. 

    Well, Wade got a taste of his own medicine, going for a facial attempt against Eric Bledsoe and the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this season. 

    Wade was primed for an easy transition dunk, having only the 6'1" Bledsoe in between him and a monster one-handed jam. 

    With Wade looking to add Bledsoe to his poster list, the smaller guard wasn't having it, sending D-Wade's dunk attempt back with a clean block, while saving himself from being on the wrong end of a SportsCenter highlight.  

    It was a largely forgettable night for Wade, who posted a season-low six points on 20 percent shooting, along with five turnovers and the embarrassing rejection from Bledsoe.