Dwyane Wade Sets NBA Record for Most Career Blocks for Player Under 6'4"

Grant Hughes@@gt_hughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistDecember 2, 2013

Jun 20, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) blocks the shot of San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) during the second quarter of game seven in the 2013 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
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Kemba Walker helped Dwyane Wade make history, but probably not in the way the Charlotte Bobcats point guard would have liked.

When D-Wade denied Walker's jumper at the end of the first half of the Miami Heat's closer-than-expected 99-98 win over the Bobcats on Dec. 1, he surpassed the late Dennis Johnson as the all-time leading shot-blocker among NBA players 6'4" or shorter.

It was career swat No. 676 for Wade.

Most impressively, Wade pulled off the feat in 679 games, 421 fewer than it took Johnson to amass his impressive total.

What's especially cool about Wade's shot-stuffing efforts is his penchant for going after big men.

Per ESPN's Tom Haberstroh, the two players Wade has victimized most often are Joe Johnson (one of the league's tallest shooting guards) and Dwight Howard, each of whom he's rejected nine times.

Here's a particularly rude stuff of D12 from a couple of years back:

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Wade has always been an aggressive help defender, especially when unsuspecting offensive players think they've got a clear lane to the rim. It also doesn't hurt that he's got a wingspan that is nearly seven inches longer than his height, per DraftExpress.com.

Now 31, Wade has slowed down a bit in the block department. On the season, he's averaging just. 0.6 stuffs per contest, a figure that matches his career low. Even though he's no longer turning away a whopping 1.3 rejections per game like he did two seasons ago, he's still a legitimate authority on the topic of blocks—especially of the chasedown variety.


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