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Is the Dwyane Wade shooting guard era over for the Miami Heat?

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The dominant performance by point guard Goran Dragic for Slovenia could lead the Heat shifting to today’s faster paced game.

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This season could witness a change of the guards for the Miami Heat: from a shooting guard to a point guard led style, that is.

With All-Stars Dwyane Wade at shooting guard and Shaquille O'Neal at center, and then later LeBron James and Chris Bosh at forwards, Miami’s playbook marginalized the point guard position to a large extent. Goran Dragic‘s stellar play this summer may change that old-time strategy for the Heat this season.

The play of Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and James Harden has signaled a shift in the NBA back to the uptempo style used in the 1950’s NBA before the days of Wilt Chamberlain. The time may be ripe for Miami to evolve from its old-school floor-pounding half-court sets, where players stand around watching Hall of Famers perform their magic, to today’s dynamic full-court play of running the floor.

Even as a 21-year-old for Slovenia, running at half speed is not Goran Dragic’s modulus operandi.

Dragic often credits Steve Nash as teaching him how become a top point guard in the NBA.

Steve Nash praised Goran Dragic and Igor Kokoskov via Instagram.

Incidentally Igor Kokoskov was a coach for the Phoenix Suns for the seven seasons Dragic played there. Even how Goran got there is quite a story. Needing a replacement for Nash, the Suns paid $500,000 to secure Dragic from overseas, who also paid $1,000,000 of his own money for a buyout of his contract.

The San Antonio Spurs selected Dragic in the second round (45th overall) and traded his rights to the Suns.

The newspaper[Arizona Republic] reported that Dragic has agreed to buy out his contract with Tau Ceramica of the Spanish League and must pay nearly three-fourths of his rookie salary to do so. Duffy said that the Suns will pay $500,000 toward the buyout, with Dragic picking up the remaining $1 million.

The new 2-way contracts give the Miami Heat some flexibility in bringing up point guards to rest Dragic, for up 45 days twice during a season, if need be. The advantage lies in not having to cut anyone from the 15 man roster, while the call-up from the G-League plays with the Heat.

The era of the point guard may have reached South Beach, long after its the emergence with the point-guard fueled Golden State Warriors. The question remains whether this fast pace is for real, or will the Heat eventually revert to their roots of using Alonzo Mourning and Dwyane Wade half-court sets.