Written by Nick Papa
In 2003 DWade was drafted 5th overall to the Miami Heat in one of the greatest draft classes ever featuring LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Carmelo Anthony. Looking back on that draft wade could have easily been the 2nd or 3rd pick instead of 5th. But going to Miami turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the explosive 2 guard.
In his rookie season wade played 61 games and started 56 of them while getting about 35 minutes per game. Wade looked decent in his rookie season averaging 16 PPG, 4.5 APG, and 4 RPG. The young and upcoming star dawned the flash played well but one thing that hurt him was his inability to shoot the 3 ball which would be a problem throughout his career. Wade would finish 3rd in the rookie of the year standing behind his good friends LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.
First NBA Championship
After only 2 seasons Wade would be an MVP candidate and win his first NBA championship beating the Dallas Mavericks and having arguably the greatest NBA Finals performance ever. Playing about 44 minutes every game Wade averaged 34.7 PPG, 7.8 RPG, and 3.8 APG. A 24 year old DWade led the NBA Finals in scoring with the next best scorer Dirk Nowitzki only putting up 22 PPG. Wade and the Miami Heat would win the series 4-2 and capture their first NBA championship with Wade winning the NBA Finals MVP.
The Big 3
On July 8th, 2010 LeBron James made the history changing decision to sign with the Miami Heat to form a Big 3 with Wade and Chris Bosh. The trio would go on to win 2 NBA championships in 4 seasons together reaching the Finals each season. Even though Wade added two more championships to his legacy his time with Bosh and James was not all that smooth. Wade played 248 games out of a possible 328 in the regular season. Injuries clearly derailed him but he still came up big when his team needed him the most.
In the 2016 offseason Dwayne Wade and Heat president Pat Riley could not come to an agreement on a deal to pay wade the money he wanted. Instead the money that could’ve been used to keep Wade was used on mediocre 2 guard Tyler Johnson. The disrespectful actions on the Miami Heat side led to Wade signing with home town team the Chicago Bulls for a 2 year $38 million deal. His time with Bulls was not ideal for both sides as he was only their for one season and then was bought out after Jimmy Butler was traded on draft night to the timberwolves. Wade would also spend half a season with the Cavs until being traded back to the Miami Heat in a reunion we were all waiting for.
One last dance
Before the start of the 2018-2019 season Wade announced that this season would be his last. Fans and players alike were devastated but Wade knew it was his time to rest up and move on to the next chapter in his life. After each game Wade would trade jerseys with players from opposing teams. Some of these notable players include LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dirk Notwitski, and many more. Wade made his last season so enjoyable for everyone watching. He was hitting big time shots and he showed everyone that he still had enough gas in the tank to play a few more seasons. It was obviously sad to see Wade go but he still has a future in basketball. His son Zaire Wade is expected to be a top prospect in the 2021 draft class and rumor has it that wade has advised the Heat to select a certain player in this years draft. Thank you Dywane Wade for all the memories it was a great ride and you will he truly missed by Heat Nation and the basketball world.