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Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who was one of the best players of his era and who won three NBA championships as a member of the Miami Heat.
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Key Facts & Information
- Dwyane Wade was born on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, to JoLinda and Dwyane Wade Sr.
- He was born on January 17, 1982. Four months later, his parents separated and, later on, divorced.
- While growing up with a rough childhood, Dwyane turned to football and basketball to turn away from drugs.
- He cites his older sister, Tragil, for being responsible for his childhood upbringing and for steering him in the right direction.
- Wade attended Harold L. Richards High School in Oak Lawn. He quickly found success as a wide receiver on the football team.
- Wade worked hard to earn regular time on the varsity basketball court during his junior year.
- After improving his ball-handling skills as well as shooting, the 6 foot tall Wade emerged as the basketball team’s new star.
- However, due to his poor grades, he was only recruited by three college basketball programs.
- His high school coach, Jack Fitzgerald, was one of the most positive influences in his life during this time.
- Wade chose to attend Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- He was ineligible to play due to low academic scores, but head coach Tom Crean took him on as a partial qualifier.
- He only practiced with the team in his first season. Wade also sought tutoring to improve his writing skills in order to regain eligibility.
- Wade earned eligibility to play for the 2001–2002 season and Marquette finished with a 26–7 record.
- The next season, Wade led Marquette to the school’s first and only Conference USA championship with a 27–6 record.
- Wade’s performance during the Midwest Regional Final of the 2003 NCAA Tournament was highly publicized with his triple-double with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.
- As a result, he elected to forgo his senior year at Marquette and enter the 2003 NBA draft.
- On February 3, 2007, four years after Wade played in his final collegiate game, Marquette retired his jersey at halftime of a game against Providence.
- Dwyane Wade was selected by the Miami Heat, and was picked fifth overall.
- Wade made an immediate impact on the Heat, earning first-team NBA All-Rookie honours after scoring 16.2 points per game in 2003–04.
- The following season he increased his scoring average to 24.1 points per game.
- He led the Heat in assists to earn his first career All-Star selection while leading Miami to the best record in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.
- In 2005–06, the Heat won the first conference title in team history. In the NBA finals, Wade had one of the greatest individual playoff performances in league history.
- Wade proceeded to average 39.3 points per game, securing Championship and MVP Honors.
- Wade continued to improve – notably leading the NBA to a scoring average in 2008–09 of 30.2 points per game.
- During the 2010 off-season, Wade recruited free-agent superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh to sign with the Heat.
- In the second year of the big three, they secured another championship ring with Wade averaging 22.6 points per game.
- Dwyane Wade’s injuries in the 2012-2013 season limited his performances until the playoffs.
- However, he performed best during the finals, securing his third NBA championship title.
- Wade and the Heat advanced to a fourth consecutive appearance in the NBA finals in 2013–14, but Miami lost its championship rematch with the Spurs.
- In July 2016, Wade joined the Chicago Bulls on a deal worth approximately $47 million.
- In the next season, he signed up with the Cleveland Cavaliers to reunite with Lebron James.
- By 2018, he returned to Miami Heat. Wade reached 5,000 assists in a Heat uniform, becoming the ninth player to score 20,000 points and collect 5,000 assists with one team.
- In the off-season, Wade announced his intentions to retire after the 2018–19 season.
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