Dwyane Wade will finish his career as one of the greatest scorers of all time. His speed and athleticism allows him to easily penetrate to the rim. However, Wade has never fully possessed a reliable jump shot.
It was reported by ESPN's Israel Gutierrez, at the beginning of the season, that the 6'4" guard was working with a shot coach to improve this aspect of his game. Almost at the midpoint of the season, has Wade's training improved his shot?
Presently, Wade is shooting 50.5 percent from the field, which is a career-high. His three-point shooting comes in at 30.6 percent, which is undoubtedly the biggest knock on his otherwise stellar overall game. Wade is also shooting 73.3 percent from the free-throw line, which is actually a career-low.
In all forms of shooting, standing at the line is considered the easiest. For Wade to struggle here, it would lead to consideration that his shooting training was for naught.
When you break down Wade's overall field-goal percentage, there is an obvious trend as to the efficiency. The Heat's all-time leading scorer is shooting 58 percent in the paint, where 61.8 percent of his attempts come from. His ability to maneuver through defenses and get to the hoop are seemingly unmatched, which is directly related to his accuracy.
Aside from this, Wade is shooting just 40 percent on mid-range attempts, where 30.5 percent of his shots are distributed. His efficiency from the middle thus far isn't stellar, nor does it point to his apparent training. Last season, Wade shot 40 percent as well, but on a 34.8 percent distribution. Evidently, he was taking more shots and making less.
At this point in the season, Wade has attempted less and made the same percentage—not a good sign. To continue the trend of mid-range analysis, Wade also knocked down 40 percent from this area in the 2010-11 season. He only attempted such shots 27.2 percent of the time, yet it still points to how Wade's accuracy has remained steady.
One could point to how Wade has already matched his total three-point field goals from last season at 15, and in less attempts. His 15-of-56 in 2011-12 is leveled by the 15-of-49 this year, which does offer incentive to think positively. However, Wade's strength is driving to the hoop, and the Heat do not necessarily need him to spot up and become a three-point marksman.
Overall, it would seem Wade's training with a shot coach hasn't fully paid off. His three-point shooting, always a hole in his apparent perfect offensive game, has improved slightly, yet when one encompasses a total outlook on his percentages, they are disappointing. Wade is having a fantastic season, yet in relation to a hopeful improvement on his jump shooting, he has not fulfilled.
All statistics sourced from nba.com/stats