Dwyane Wade’s 21.5-point average last season is a lot better than you thought

 

Did a little more digging to supplement a column I wrote on Dwayne Wade’s continued worth to the Miami Heat in the context of ongoing contract negotiations. Turns out his average of 21.5 points per game last season is even better than it looks.

Dwyane Wade (Allen Eyestone, Palm Beach Post photo)

Dwyane Wade
(Allen Eyestone, Palm Beach Post photo)

In the history of the franchise, only four other players have averaged 21.5 or more during a season.

LeBron James, of course, is one of them. He never averaged fewer than 26.7 points in his four years with Miami.

The others are Shaquille O’Neal, Alonzo Mourning and Glen Rice.

So for anyone who thinks it would be easy to draft or acquire or develop a player capable of scoring the way Wade still does at the age of 33, here is the complete list of Miami players who have matched or exceeded 21.5 points per game in a season.

 

Player                                         Season                         Avg.

Glen Rice                                    1991-92                       22.3

Glen Rice                                    1994-95                       22.3

Alonzo Mourning                     1995-96                       23.2

Alonzo Mourning                     1999-00                       21.7

Shaquille O’Neal                      2004-05                       22.9

Dwyane Wade                          2004-05                       24.1

Dwyane Wade                          2005-06                       27.2

Dwyane Wade                          2006-07                       27.4

Dwayne Wade                          2007-08                      24.6

Dwyane Wade                          2008-09                      30.2

Dwyane Wade                          2009-10                       26.6

LeBron James                          2010-11                        26.7

Dwyane Wade                          2010-11                        25.5

LeBron James                          2011-12                        27.1

LeBron James                         2012-13                         26.8

LeBron James                         2013-14                         27.1

Dwyane Wade                         2014-15                         21.5