Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. is an American professional basketball player who dons the jersey of Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays as a shooting guard or the off guard. The 36-year old veteran stands at 6’4’’ and weighs 220 lb. He is reputed as being one of the best slashers in the NBA.
Wade dons the number 3 jersey on his back for the Heats and wears the Li Ning Way of Wade 7, with whom he also has a lifetime endorsement deal.
Despite being in the twilight of his career, Wade has been playing like he was still in his mid-twenties. Over the past three games, Wade has averaged 18.7 points on 55.3 percent shooting from the field and 46.2 percent shooting from three-point range alongside racking up three assists. He’s now scored at least 18 in five of Heat’s last seven games.
Wade has had an extremely difficult childhood, whose parents had separated when he hadn’t even started crawling and was 4 months old. He lived with his mother and her family in the initial years. She often abused substances during that period while her family was involved in the gang environment. Wade recalls several police raids and had even found dead bodies in a nearby garbage bin at a tender age.
Around the age of eight, he was tricked by his elder sister Tragil into living with his father and stepmother by telling him that they were going for ‘movies’. Wade then turned his attention towards sports, as he was both into football and basketball. He idolized basketball legend Michael Jordan who also hailed from the city of Chicago. Wade cites his sister as being the person who most influenced him to steer his life in right direction and was the one who took care of him in his childhood days.
Wade went to college at Marquette University in Wisconsin, Milwaukee and played for Tom Crean. He had an exceptional college career, however he wasn’t eligible to play in his freshman year as he had low grades which fell short of the NCAA’s Proposition 48 stipulations.
He started playing for his college in the 2002-03 season, where he recorded 17.8 ppg and led his college to 26-7 record, their best ever since the 1993-94 season. In the next season, he put in an even better performance with 21.5 ppg. Marquette won the Conference USA title that year, their only till date, with a 27-6 record.
Wade decided to forego his final year at Marquette, as he was attracting quite a lot of attention from the national media and was expected a high draft projection.
He was drafted 5th overall in the 2003 NBA Draft by Miami Heat. He got off to fine start as he averaged 16.2 ppg for the youth team but was overshadowed by “the-then rookies too”, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. However, he did earn himself a selection in the 2004 NBA All-Rookie team.
He found himself a regular playing spot in the team by the 2004-05 season and won his first championship in the 2005-06 season where he recorded the third highest scoring average by a player in his first NBA Finals with 34.7 points. He was presented with the NBA Finals MVP trophy and was the fifth youngest player ever to receive it.
However, tragedy struck as we went through a rough injury phase where he missed as many 31 games in a season. After a long rehabilitation process, Wade made a comeback to feature for the U.S. Olympic team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He made a return to the NBA in the 2008-09 season fit again. He hit the deck running as he created history by becoming the second player to record 40 points, 10 assists and 5 blocked shots in a single game since Alvan Adams in 1976-77 season. He went on to break more records as he became the first player in NBA history to accumulate at least 2,000 points, 500 assists, 100 steals and 100 blocks in a season.
In 2010-11 season, LeBron James and Chris Bosh arrived at Miami Heat to begin what is known as the “Big Three” era with Wade. The Heats went on to win consecutive championship titles in 2012 and 2013.
In 2014, James decided to return to Cleveland Cavaliers as Bosh and Wade re-signed with Heat. However the team was a mere shadow of the “Big Three” era, and failed to assert dominance.
Wade opted out of his in 2015 and joined the Cavaliers next year, to reunite with LeBron James. However, his two year stint at the Cavaliers went sour as he went through a patch of extremely bad form. In 2018, Wade decided to re-sign with Miami Heat.
He is a three-time NBA champion (2006, 2012, 2013) and has been a NBA All Star 12 twelve times. He was also the NBA scoring champion in 2009.
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