It is never too late for an NBA player to add to their game. New Chicago Bulls‘ shooting guard Dwyane Wade is tinkering on a few things in his arsenal. It comes just in time for the Bulls to begin their preseason. One of the perceived weaknesses on the Bulls may get shored up if Dwyane Wade gets his way.
According to NBA, Dwyane Wade has spent this offseason working on his three-point shot. And if he can make the shot with any regularity opposing teams will not be able to sag on him. That is good news for Bulls’ fans.
For Wade, it is about evolving his game. That evolution comes with the green light to shoot the three-pointer given by Bulls’ head coach Fred Hoiberg.
“My game translates anywhere. I’ve played with so many different players before. I’m not worried about that. It’s me trying to understand offense, understand what we’re trying to do, get to know my teammates. But I know where my sweet spot is, when to get aggressive. One thing I’m trying to get used to is that three-point shot is going to be open a little bit more for me. And Coach is telling me to shoot it. That’s a little new era for me.”
In order to take advantage of the newfound offensive freedom Wade must make his shots count.
“For me, a lot of people have talked about me not shooting threes. But no one has been able to take away what I wanted to do. So why would I do something else?”
Wade’s acknowledgment about being able to have his way offensively without shooting threes was perfect. He could truly take advantage of opposing defenses if he were able to make two shots from distance per game.
Dwyane Wade making 2 three-point shots versus not taking a shot from distance at all could make the difference in any game. Jump shooting opens up the lane for all of the Bulls’ perimeter players. It also keeps teams from favoring the paint where rebounding opportunities will present themselves.
Again, Wade making three-point shots helps the Bulls tremendously.
The criticism going into the season is the Bulls’ lack of outside shooting. Adding guards in Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, who are not known for their jump shooting should bring about some skepticism.
This season could be the coming out party for both Wade and Rondo as shooters. If at least one of them can show some improvement from the perimeter, it could propel the Bulls to the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference. That is the potential reward the Bulls’ front office envisioned when they signed Wade and Rondo in the offseason.
The shooting has to come from somewhere, why not from Dwyane Wade?
Dwyane Wade is also helping out during the Bulls’ practices.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) September 29, 2016
Haha that sounds kinda harsh. I like the term coaching guys or holding them accountable https://t.co/EL22K095ZE
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) September 30, 2016
According to ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell, Wade also has the ability to stop practice and call his Bulls’ teammates out if necessary. That will pay off huge dividends in the future. Wade will help police the Bulls’ locker room, alongside Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo. As long as no one on the Bulls takes Wade asserting himself on and off the court, accountability will return.
The players who will benefit the most from Wade’s leadership is Jimmy Butler, Doug McDermott, and rookie Denzel Valentine. The lessons on how to train and prepare for games will come in handy later on down the line. For now, the trio of Butler, McDermott, and Valentine are the designated shooters on the Bulls. Dwyane Wade definitely could help them, not with just his leadership, but the improved range as well.
Doing such also prolongs his career in the long run. Dwyane Wade is not too old to add facets to his game. The Chicago Bulls will be a better team if Wade can make a couple of three-point shots.
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