Dwayne Wade: The Heat’s Main Flame

Dwyane Wade was born in Chicago on January 17th, 1982. Wade had a very rough childhood as he watched his mother go through an addiction to drugs and alcohol. He then made the best decision of his life by turning to sports. While playing basketball in high school, Wade set records for points (676) and steals (106) in one season. It was time for his next step.

Wade then went to Marquette University and in his first year led the team in scoring with 17.8 ppg; he also led the conference in steals with 2.47 a game. That year, Marquette finished with its best record in 10 years. Due to the increased exposure based on his play, Wade decided to forego his senior year and make the leap into the NBA. He was selected 5th overall by the Heat in a stacked draft that included LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Bosh.

In his first season, he was selected on the All-Rookie Team, and in his 2nd season the team saw a major breakthrough as they acquired Shaquille O’Neal from The Lakers and set the best record in the conference. It all came together in year 3 when Wade led The Heat to a championship and was the NBA Finals MVP.

Fast-forward to 2010, and Wade was now part of The Big Three era, where he helped win back-to-back championships while playing alongside LeBron James and Chris Bosh. With the help of James and Bosh, Wade became a 3-time champ and was fully ensconced in Miami Heat royalty. He gets ready to retire at this year’s end, and he does so as a 12-time NBA All-Star and a consensus top 5 shooting guard of all-time.

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