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Throughout the course of the 2011 NBA Finals, Dwyane Wade proved that he was still the face of the Heat.
He showed time and time again, while he carried the Heat, that this was his team. And that right there is probably the biggest problem for the Heat.
D-Wade is, right now, a top five talent. He has the speed, athleticism and skill to get to the rim and take hits. However, what nobody is really talking about is his age; Wade is 29, and is set to turn 30 midway through next season.
Soon, D-Wade's speed and athleticism will start to decline, as well as his health. Wade is injury prone, and nobody gets healthier with age. His style of play is directly affected by his athleticism. He is an okay jump shooter, but that's not going to cut it when he loses his ability to do what he wants in the paint.
Kobe was and still is an above average shooter, which allowed him to prolong his career. D-Wade needs to get better at shooting to even have a chance when he gets a little older.
Because D-Wade is the face of the franchise and the Heat is his team, he likely won't pass the torch over to LeBron that easily, which means more losses for the Heat as Wade's athleticism decreases.