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Inside Wade's climb up an historic list; Dolphins draft; UM departure and whatever happened to; Heat/Panthers oddities

A six-pack of notes on a Wednesday night:

### One of the neat aspects of this season is watching Dwyane Wade climb up the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He has shot from 54th to 41st, bypassing such luminaries as Gail Goodrich, Bernard King and John Stockton.

Wade said he doesn’t care where he ends up on the list. But scoring 20,000 – a milestone he should reach this season --- is quite meaningful. Forty NBA players have done that, with Antawn Jamison 40th. Wade enters the All-Star break with 19,748 points.

“For me, it was always like, ‘If I can get to 20,000, that would be pretty cool,’” he said. “That's a select group. Jamison is the first one I'll be reaching at 20,000.  But I never had that mentality of, 'I want to end in the top 25 scorers of all time.'

“Once I reached the top 50, I'm like, 'Wow, of all the players that have played this game, I'm in the top 50 of all-time,’ especially with all the things I've had to overcome with games I've missed and injuries I've played with. That was a testament to strong will and determination.”

So how high can he go up the scoring list? If he stays healthy and keeps scoring at this current rate, he will pass Jamison and Tom Chambers to move into 39th by season’s end.

If he averages 18 points and plays 70 games next season, he would move to 34th, passing Mitch Richmond and George Gervin, among others. He would pull very close to the outer reaches of the top 25 (Allen Iverson/Charles Barkley territory) if he averaged 18 points and played 70 games each of the next three seasons.

But cracking the top 20 would require playing another five years, scoring at a rate of 15 to 18 a game and 70 games a year. Could he go that long?

“That's a long window to think about for me,” said Wade, who turned 34 last month. “Do I think that's possible? If you get the right team and playing for the right reasons, it could be.

“One thing I've learned from Ray Allen is, ‘You never say never.' When I came into the league, I was focused on, 'If I can get 10 years out of this thing.' I'm at 13. The minutes I'm playing now [career-low 30.2 per game] will probably be the minutes I'm playing for the rest of my career.” 

Eight active players are ahead of Wade on the NBA’s all-time scoring list: No. 3 Kobe Bryant, No. 6 Dirk Nowitzki, and Tim Duncan, Paul Pierce, LeBron James and Kevin Garnett (14 to 17), No. 25 Vince Carter and No. 30 Carmelo Anthony.  

If you wondered, if Wade played every game, he would need to average 18 points and play more than nine seasons to reach soon-retiring Kobe Bryant, who is third behind Kareem Abdul- Jabbar and Karl Malone.

If you missed our last post, please check it out to see Wade's plans for free agency this summer.

### One of the players who should be in the mix for the Dolphins' pick at No. 8 is UCLA outside linebacker Myles Jack. But Jack is coming off knee surgery at UCLA, and team doctors must be comfortable that his knee is sound.

Draftinsider.net's Tony Pauline, who does good work, writes that "NFL decision makers are referring to Jack as a rare athlete, a label not often thrown around. They love his athleticism, intensity and versatility to play three downs in a variety of schemes. They also point to the four touchdowns he scored when lined up at running back. When I mentioned my concern about his size, the name of Shaq Thompson, the Panthers first round pick in 2015, was brought up. It was also pointed out Jack is head and shoulders a better prospect than Thompson."

Pauline said in his conversations with NFL executives, the players getting the most votes for the first five picks are Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil at No. 1; FSU defensive back Jalen Ramsey at No. 2; Cal QB Jared Goff at No. 3; Jack at No. 4; and Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa at No. 5.

ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both have Bosa going No. 1 and Jack available when Miami picks.

### The Wall Street Journal did a story on homes of NFL players and determined that Ndamukong Suh bought the most expensive home of any NFL player in the past year, paying $7.5 million.

The home, in Fort Lauderdale, includes  six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and two half-baths, 11,142 square feet, soaring ceilings, walls of glass, maid's quarters, a game room, a fitness center, and a rooftop entertainment space --- accessible by elevator --- decked with artificial grass, patio furniture and a flat-screen TV.

When asked at the end of the season why the Dolphins defense struggled, Suh declined to answer, saying he would need to look at tape of every  game. Perhaps Suh can do that in the home's 11-seat home theater. 

### In addition to the many obvious ways the Dolphins can create more than $44 million in cap space (restructuring Suh; cutting Quinton Coples and Greg Jennings; cutting or restructuring Jordan Cameron, etc), cap guru Joel Corry notes Miami also is getting a credit of $2.17 million because of unearned incentives from Kelvin Sheppard and Louis Delmas. Those figures were counting against the cap...

Yet another guard option became available to Miami today with the Giants cutting Geoff Schwartz. Pro Football Focus rated him 20th among all guards last season, but he missed five games with a broken leg this past season after missing 14 the previous year. But he's only 29 and effective when healthy.

### Couple neat Heat/Panthers stats from Elias Sports Bureau: By shooting 57.1 percent in an 18-point defeat to the Spurs on Tuesday, Miami suffered the most lopsided loss in NBA history by a team shooting that high a percentage....

Meanwhile,  the Panthers' Alex Petrovic on Tuesday became the first NHL player to produce a "Gordie Howe hat trick" with three fighting majors since the Blackhawks' Al Secord in 1984 against Toronto. A Gordie Howe hat trick is a goal, assist and fight. Buffalo's Evander Kane also had three fighting majors, making this the first NHL game since 2002 that featured three such penalties by one player from each team.

### UM lost its most experienced fullback when Walter Tucker announced on Instagram today that he's no longer with the program. Tucker signed with the Hurricanes as a linebacker in 2013, converted to fullback and had three carries for eight yards in 21 career games....

Among last year's Canes assistant coaches, four ended up finding college jobs: James Coley as Georgia's receivers coach, Randy Melvin as Purdue's defensive line coach, Paul Williams as Illinois' secondary coach and Larry Scott as Tennessee's tight ends coach. Another, Tim Harris, returned to coach Booker T. Washington, according to our Andre Fernandez. Another coach on Al Golden's staff, Kareem Brown, accepted a football development front-office role with UM.

That leaves four 2015 UM coaches still looking for work: Mark D'Onofrio, Hurlie Brown, Art Kehoe and Kevin Beard. Spoke to Beard --- a good coach and a good guy --- this week and he hopes to find another college job. He said he ended up interviewing twice with UM --- once with Mark Richt, then a second time with Richt's offensive coaches before Richt hired Ron Dugans instead.

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