You’ve seen it a lot. How many times has Dwyane Wade chased down the ball handler on the fast break and swatted his shot from behind? Or how many times have you seen Wade crash on help defense and rise up to block an opponent’s shot?
671 times, to be exact.
Wade is arguably the greatest shot-blocking guard of all time and he is about to cross a milestone, as reported by Sports Illustrated, that would make him the best player of all time his size at blocking shots.
“Carlos Boozer, Tyson Chandler, Dwight Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, Brook Lopez, Carmelo Anthony, even current teammate Chris Bosh … Wade’s blocked them all, and before too long, he’ll be able to say there’s never been any player at his size better at blocking shots. Wade has 671 blocks in his career, four shy of matching Dennis Johnson’s career mark for players listed at 6-foot-4 or shorter.”
(Via Sports Illustrated)
Dennis Johnson is the man in front with 675 blocked shots. Wade is four away from tying and five from breaking it. One would assume that Wade is going to obliterate this milestone when he is ready to hang them up.
I’ve said for a long time that Wade is the greatest shot-blocking guard of all time. Forget size, let’s just go by position. (There have been plenty of guards taller than 6-foot-4.)
According to basketball-reference.com, Wade leads all pure guards in seasons in which he averaged at least one block per game with six. None other than Johnson ranks second.
Wade told SI:
”I’m just fearless,” Wade said. ”I’m a fearless player. That doesn’t come in the mindset of myself. As somebody who has the ability to block shots, you (can’t) be worrying about getting dunked on. No one wants to get dunked on, but you can’t have fears about making the best play for your team and trying to be a game changer.”