"Flash" was selected 5th in the 2003 NBA Draft after Lebron James, Darko Milicic, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh. But he was the first one from that brilliant group to make big impact in the league.
With a great group of players surrounding him, he led the Miami Heat to its first NBA Championship in 2005-06 and was selected as the Finals MVP. He will be one of the centerpieces of the USA Basketball team in the 2008 Olympic Games.
Full Name: Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr
Nicknames: "Flash", "D-Wade"
Position: Shooting guard
Jersey Number: 3
Birth date: January 17, 1982
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Teams: Miami Heat - 2003-04 / present
Complete NBA Seasons: 9
Team Titles won:
NBA Championships: 2 - 2005-06 and 2011-12
Olympic Medals: 2 - Gold Medal in 2008 Beijing Olympic Games / Bronze Medal at 2004 Athens Olympics
Personal Titles and Awards:
NBA Finals MVP: 1 - 2006
Selected for the NBA All-Star Game: 4 - 2004-05 to 2007-08
All-NBA Second Team: 2 - 2004-05 and 2005-06
NBA All-Rookie 1st Team: 2003-04
2006 - with a declining Shaquille O'Neal contributing little more than his big presence in the 2006 NBA playoffs, Dwyane Wade provided the numbers. D-Wade led the Heat with 28.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.22 steals. In the Finals against the Mavericks he averaged 34.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.67 steals and was selected the Finals MVP.
Best Websites: Dwyane Wade Universe, Dwyane Wade Profile and his official website is www.dwyanewade.com
Other interesting information:
- In July 2006 Dwyane Wade signed a 5-year contract extension with the Heat which means he will be wearing a Miami uniform through the 2010-11 season.
- It seems that Shaquille O'Neal finally found his ideal co-superstar in Dwyane Wade, after feuding with Penny Hardaway in Orlando and with Kobe Bryant in the Lakers. Whether it is because Flash shows respect for Shaq and doesn't seem to care to share the stardom or because Shaq is accepting that time runs for everybody and he needs a bigger star next to him if he wants to win more championships, the thing is that at least today, they look like the perfect couple.