Dwyane Wade Can Shoot the Three-Ball Now

Allen LevinCorrespondent IIOctober 22, 2008

So, can we bring up the Michael Jordan comparisons again?

Most analysts said that a three-point shot was one of the only dimensions to Dwyane Wade's game that he was missing that separated him from No. 23. That and, of course, six championship rings.

But, in case people haven't noticed, D-Wade has inserted a three-point shot into his offensive arsenal. This is indicated by the five preseason games the Miami Heat have played so far.

Wade is five-for-nine from behind the arc in those five games, which is 55 percent. While these numbers don't exactly jump out at you, they are still impressive for a guy that has shot 30 percent or lower from the three-point line his entire career.

Also, the fact that he has attempted nine three-point shots shows that he has confidence in shot and that we will see more it come the regular season.

D-Wade has shot 30.2, 28.9, 17.1, 26.6, and 28.6 percent from the three-point line in his five years in the league, respectively. This preseason, he is shooting 55 percent. Although there have only been five games, any Heat fan can tell that his long-ball shot has dramatically improved and will be a weapon this year.

The development of this shot also comes at a good time. Recently, three-point specialist and newly-acquired James Jones went down with a wrist injury, and he will be sidelined for at least three months. Now the Heat don't have a pure shooter for at least the first few months of the season.

While the Heat have players such as Marcus Banks, Chris Quinn, Daequan Cook, or even Michael Beasley that can shoot the three-ball, it makes you feel a lot better that Flash has added that dimension to his game.

So, if you ever doubted Wade's shot, just wait for this year to unfold. Dwyane Wade is back and stronger than ever. Expect him to lead this Miami Heat team to a much better record than last year, and this time watch out for something new—Wade as not only a high-flyer, but a downtown threat.