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The start the Heat wanted to see from Dwyane Wade

Not bad for ESPN's #NBARank 46. 

Through five games, Dwyane Wade is averaging 22.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.4 steals and a plus-6.8, while shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 83.9 percent from the line.

And he's doing this in 30.1 minutes per game, down from last season (31.8), which was the lowest of his career.

Projected to 36 minutes, a standard analytical measurement, the numbers look even better.

He ranks 7th in the NBA in scoring per 36 minutes (26.5) among those who have played at least 100 minutes.

The names above him?  

Stephen Curry.

Blake Griffin.

Kevin Durant. 

Isaiah Thomas.

Russell Westbrook.

Damian Lillard.

And he's just ahead of Bradley Beal (off to an exceptional start for Washington) and some guy named LeBron James.

He's also shooting a higher percentage than four of the six players ahead of him, with Curry and Griffin the only exclusions. 

His usage rate hasn't ticked down as much as expected (33.4, a little down from the big leap he took last season), and he and the team might benefit if he takes less burden. 

And tonight in Indiana, he'll try to complete his first back-to-back of the season.

Still, this start couldn't have gone much better. 

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