Barry Jackson

This Wade may not be the player you remember, but the numbers say he’s still good

Dwyane Wade of the Cleveland Cavaliers pulls up for a shot against the Orlando Magic at Quicken Loans Arena on Jan. 18, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dwyane Wade of the Cleveland Cavaliers pulls up for a shot against the Orlando Magic at Quicken Loans Arena on Jan. 18, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio. Getty Images

A six-pack of notes after the Heat’s acquisition of Dwyane Wade:

▪ No, this isn’t the in-his-prime Dwyane Wade, not the one who played at an All-Star level, of course.

But this is still an effective player. If you project Wade’s 2016-17 numbers over a full 48 minutes, he ranks 20th among all NBA shooting guards in points per 48 minutes at 23.0, ahead of a bunch of NBA starters, including Jaylen Brown, Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Nicolas Batum and JR Smith.

Always one of the NBA’s most efficient shooting guards, Wade is shooting 45.5 percent from the field, which ranks 11th of 66 shooting guards.

Per basketballreference.com, Wade is shooting 12 for 13 on dunks (92.3 percent), 91 for 144 on layups (63.2 percent), 93 for 273 on jumpers (34.1 percent) and 2 for 7 on hook shots (28.6).

Wade is averaging 11.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 23.2 minutes in 46 games, including three starts.

▪ This might surprise you: Though Wade is no longer considered the defender who was voted three times for second-team NBA All-defense (most recently in 2010), the player Wade has guarded this season is shooting just 40.2 percent, well below the 44.8 percent those players are shooting overall this season.

That 40.2 is 12th best, from a defensive standpoint, among all NBA shooting guards.

Wade, who has the most blocked shots ever for a player 6-4 or under (832), has 32 this season, or 0.7 per game, including a key block of Goran Dragic late in a game against the Heat last week.

▪ Wade has risen to 36th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list after passing Larry Bird and Gary Payton in recent weeks.

He’s 365 points from No. 35 Clyde Drexler.

▪ After shooting just 44 threes (and making seven) in his last regular season with Miami, Wade shot 12 of 23 in the playoffs that 2015-16 season and shot more threes for Cleveland last season (making 45 for 145, 31 percent) and this season (23 for 70, 23.9 percent), to raise his career percentage to 28.9.

▪ Wade still ranks first in Heat franchise history in a bunch of categories, including games (855), points (20,221), assists (4944) and steals (1414). ... This season, Wade has played in both games of six back-to-back sets, often playing well in the second games, but has sat out the second half of four others. Miami has four more sets of back-to-back games.

▪ Couple of roster issues: To make room for Wade, Miami cut center A.J. Hammons, who had no future here but is due a guaranteed $1.3 million this season and $1.5 million next season. Before being permanently dispatched to the Heat’s G-League team in South Dakota, Hammons indicated he was working to change his reputation of not being a hard enough worker and said his brother told him to stop smiling as much. But the Heat didn’t see a future there...

The acquisition of Wade, and the release of Hammons, lessens the chance of Miami converting Derrick Jones Jr.’s contract from a two-way deal into a standard deal. He has six days of NBA eligibility remaining, but Thursday didn’t count because he didn’t practice with the team. He can rejoin the Heat permanently when the G-League team’s season ends on March 23 or afterward, if Sioux Falls makes the playoffs....

Okaro White, acquired by Atlanta for Luke Babbitt, was cut by the Hawks but cannot rejoin the Heat this season under league rules. He’s still recovering from a broken foot in mid-November....

The Heat still has a $5.5 million disabled player exception that can be be used before March 13. But Miami would need to create another roster spot to add another player, perhaps one acquired via a buyout.

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