Dwyane Wade Biography
Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. is a guard for the Miami Heat. He's a nine-time NBA All-Star and the 2006 NBA Finals MVP, leading the Heat to the NBA Championship over the Dallas Mavericks. The Heat selected Wade with the 5th overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft from Marquette University. With the Golden Eagles, Wade recorded just the fourth triple double in NCAA Tournament history against the Kentucky Wildcats in the Midwest Regional Final. Wade won a gold medal as part of the 2008 United States Men's Basketball Team in Beijing after taking home bronze in 2004.
Dwyane Wade attended Harold L. Richards High School in Oak Lawn. When Wade arrived, his stepbrother, Demetrius McDaniel, who was the star of the basketball team, overshadowed him. After growing four inches before his junior year, Wade averaged 20.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Despite averaging 27.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game his senior year in high school, Wade was only recruited by three college basketball programs -- DePaul University, Marquette University, Illinois State -- due to his grades.
Dwyane Wade decided to enroll at Marquette University. Since he was a partial qualifier, Wade was ineligible for the 2000-01 season.
As a sophomore, Wade averaged 17.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game for the 26-7 Golden Eagles. He was an honorable mention All-America selection by the Associated Press. During Wade's junior season, he led Marquette to the school's first Conference USA championship and a return to the Final Four for the first time since winning the title in 1977. His 21.5 points per game led the Golden Eagles in scoring.
Wade recorded the fourth triple double in NCAA Tournament history, scoring 29 points to go with 11 rebounds and 11 assists against Kentucky in the 2003 NCAA Midwest Regional Final.
Marquette retired Wade's jersey on February 3, 2007, providing a special exception to the rule that student-athletes graduate prior to having their number retired.
The Miami Heat selected Dwyane Wade with the 5th overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. As a rookie, he started 56 of the 61 games he played in, averaging 16.2 points, 4.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game. He became the first Miami Heat and just the 21st rookie in NBA history to earn Player of the Week honors. Wade was a unanimous selection to the 2004 NBA All-Rookie Team and finished third in the Rookie of the Year race behind LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Wade helped lead the Heat into the playoffs during his rookie season, averaging 18.0 points and 5.6 assists in 13 postseason games.
During the offseason, Shaquille O'Neal was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Heat. With the addition of an established center in O'Neal, Wade's numbers soared compared to his rookie season. He increased his scoring average to 24.1 points and his assists per game to 6.8, playing in 77 games for the Heat. His 7.9 points per game increase was the largest increase in the NBA by a player who averaged at least 10 points the previous season. Wade was selected as a reserve player for the 2005 All-Star Game, scoring 14 points in 24 minutes of action.
The Heat went an Eastern Conference-best 59-23 as they swept their way through the first two rounds of the playoffs against the New Jersey Nets and Washington Wizards. Against the Wizards, Wade averaged 31.0 points, 8.0 assists and 7.0 rebounds per game. After scoring 42 and 36 in Game 2 and 3 against the Detroit Pistons, Wade missed Game 6 with a strained rib muscle. He was able to return for Game 7 but the injury limited him to 7-for-20 shooting and five turnovers as the Pistons won the Eastern Conference Finals.
During the 2005-06 season, Wade averaged 27.2 points, 6.7 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game. The fans voted him as a starter in the NBA All-Star game, making the game winning shot to lead the East to a 122-120 victory over the West.
Wade battled a hip injury in the first round of the 2006 NBA Playoffs against the Chicago Bulls but the Heat won the series in six games. He would have to overcome adversity against during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, overcoming the flu to help defeat the Pistons and advancing to the NBA Finals.
In the NBA Finals, the Heat trailed the Dallas Mavericks 2-0 before Wade took over in the series. In Game 3, Wade scored 42 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Heat edged out a 98-96 victory. He followed it up with 36 points in Game 4 and 43 points in Game 5. Wade and the Heat closed out the NBA Finals in Game 6 with the guard scoring 36 points to go with 10 rebounds and five assists en route to NBA Finals MVP honors. Wade became the fifth youngest player to win the NBA Finals MVP.
Wade played in just 51 games during the 2006-07 season after dislocating his left shoulder against the Houston Rockets. Instead of season-ending surgery, Wade rehabilitated his shoulder and returned to the Heat before the NBA Playoffs. Despite averaging 23.5 points and 6.3 assists, the Heat were swept by the Bulls in the first round of the playoffs. Wade became the first guard since Pete Maravich of the New Orleans Jazz to earn All-NBA honors after missing at least 31 games in a season. Wade was selected to the All-NBA Third Team and was elected to his third straight NBA All-Star game.
Wade underwent operations to repair his left shoulder and left knee following the season. He missed the entire preseason and the first seven regular season games in 2007-08 before returning for the Heat. Even with Wade in the lineup, the Heat struggled and finished 15-67, the worst record in the NBA. With Miami not in playoff contention, head coach Pat Riley decided to shut down Wade for the last 21 games of the season to undergo treatment on his surgically repaired knee. In the 51 games Wade played in, he averaged 24.6 points and 6.9 assists per game.
Healthy once again, Wade returned in the 2008-09 season and arguably had his best season ever with the Heat. He earned his first NBA scoring title, averaging 30.2 points per game to go along with 7.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds. Wade became the first NBA player in history to accumulate 2,000 points, 500 assists, 100 steals and 100 blocks in a season. On March 14, 2009, Wade scored 50 points in a triple-overtime win over the Jazz, passing Alonzo Mourning as the Heat's all-time leading scorer. Miami returned to the playoffs, but once again was knocked out in the first round, losing to the Hawks in seven games. Wade averaged 29.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists in the series, including scoring 31 points in the Game 7 loss.
The Heat made a handful of roster moves in the summer of 2009, but they were made with an eye towards 2010, rather than to give Wade more support. The Miami co-captain continued to play at a high level, earning his sixth All-Star selection. At the 2010 All-Star Game, Wade earned MVP honors, recording 28 points, six rebounds, 11 assists and five steals. Wade missed four games with a strained calf shortly after the All-Star break, but returned to dominating form in March, leading the Heat to a 12-3 record and earning Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors. Miami finished the season with 47 wins, its most since winning the title in 2006. The Heat drew a slumping Boston Celtics team in the first round and many experts predicted Miami could pull off an upset. However, despite Wade averaging 33.2 points and 6.8 assists per game, Miami fell to Boston in five games.
Following the season, Wade chose not to pick up the option on his contract, becoming a free agent for the first time. He went on a free agency tour, meeting with multiple teams, but only July 7, 2010, he announced live on "SportsCenter" that he would be re-signing with the Heat, along with former Raptors star Chris Bosh. The next day, the duo was joined by former Cavaliers star LeBron James, as the Heat put together a formidable trio for the 2010-11 season.
The three signings were met with much fanfare, including a pep rally celebration in Miami, but Wade suffered an injury in the first game of the preseason, limiting Miami's ability to work together as a team. The Heat struggled early in the season, winning just nine of their first 17 games. Eventually, Wade, James and Bosh became more comfortable playing alongside each other, with Wade averaging 27.9 points per game in December to help the team climb back to the top of the Eastern Conference. James and Wade shared Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors for December 2010. In February, Wade made his seventh consecutive All-Star appearance -- and sixth consecutive start -- in 2011, scoring 14 points in a losing effort. Wade finished the season averaging 25.5 points per game, marking the first time since his rookie season that he failed to lead the team in scoring. However, with the added help of James and Bosh, he was able to return to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2006. However, Wade's second Finals trip ended in disappointment, with the Heat losing to the Mavericks in six games.
The next season was delayed by a lockout -- during which Wade at times served as a vocal leader for the players. Despite missing time with injuries, Wade made his eighth All-Star appearance, recording a triple-double in a losing effort for the Eastern Conference. Wade played a career-low 49 games during the shortened regular season, but still earned third-team All-NBA honors. During the playoffs, Wade had to have his knee drained and injuries and fatigue limited his effectiveness somewhat. He was still able to lead the Heat to a return trip to the NBA Finals, overcoming the Celtics in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals. In the NBA Finals, Wade averaged 22.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.2 assists, helping lead Miami to its second NBA championship, as the Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games.
Wade underwent surgery on his knee in the summer of 2012, but returned in time for the regular season. His scoring output decreased slightly, with his 21.2 PPG being his lowest average since his rookie season. Wade did shoot a career-best 52.1 percent from the field, helping the Heat to a franchise-record 66 wins, including a 27-game win streak. Wade battled knee pain throughout the postseason, but was able to help Miami win its second consecutive NBA title, beating the Spurs 4-3 in the NBA Finals.
Dwyane Wade was a member of the United States Olympic team that won the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan. Coming off a season that saw Wade sidelined with a knee injury, he exploded at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. He led Team USA in scoring (16.0 points) despite coming off the bench in eight games as the U.S. captured the gold medal. Wade was expected to return to the team in 2012, but an injured knee forced him to miss the Olympics.
Before the start of his rookie season, Dwyane Wade signed an endorsement deal with Converse. His contract started off at $500,000 a year but was increased to $10 million a year after the 2005 NBA Playoffs. In 2009, Wade switched from Converse to Nike as part of the Jordan Brand, and is currently with Chinese sneaker manufacturer Li Ning. In 2007, Wade signed a deal with T-Mobile, which included the D-Wade Edition of the T-Mobile Sidekick telephone. He also has endorsement deals with Staples, Gatorade, Topps and Lincoln.
Dwyane Wade was born on January 17, 1982 in Chicago, Ill. He was married to Siohvaughn Funches, his high school sweetheart, but the two divorced in 2007. Wade has two sons, Zaire and Zion. In February 2009, Wade sued his estranged wife and two of her lawyers over accusations that he had contracted a sexually transmitted disease through an extramarital affair. Siohvaughn withdrew the claim from her divorce case against Wade for unknown reasons. In 2011, Wade won the protracted custody battle with his ex-wife, as a Chicago court award him sole care, custody and control of his two sons.
In 2003, Wade formed the Wade's World Foundation, an organization that promotes education, health and social skills for children in at-risk situations.