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Could Heat players learn to sell their drives to the rim like master artist Dwyane Wade?

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Wade still has the tools to send defenders flying with tricky moves near the rim.

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In the Miami Heat versus Toronto Raptors game Dwyane Wade showed he still had the master’s touch around the hoop as Raptors’ defenders went flying around him in their eagerness to block his shot.

Wade takes it 3-on-1!

Wade patiently stood there while three Raptors’ practically jumped out of their sneakers biting on his fakes to no use as he scored two points on them.

The art of having the patience to sell the ball, and then taking it away is something some Heat players could learn from the professor himself, Dwyane Wade.

In the video below notice how Justise Winslow often rushes his moves without any thought on misdirecting his defenders while on the attack.

At 22 years of age hopefully Winslow can still learn how to slow down his plays on offense and get a better read on how defenders play him when he goes to the rim.

Kyrie Irving is another genius finishing in traffic as this video illustrates how he shows the ball and sells his moves before making his shot.

Whether the young player is Winslow, Bam Adebayo, Derrick Jones Jr., etc., they can study the mental prowess of Wade to outwit his defenders in the paint through brain power rather than bully power.

While Wade showed above that patience is a virtue at this stage in his career, even in his prime he demonstrated that playing at Hall of Fame levels involved much more than physical skills.

Very few basketball players reach Wade or Irving heights because in the NBA the mental aspects become so much more important competing against world-class athletes.

Luckily the Miami Heat have Wade this season to mentor players on how to master the mental side of professional basketball.