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Dwyane Wade Named to NBA All-Defensive Second Team

May 6 2009 7:10PM
MIAMI, 05/06 – The NBA has announced that Miami HEAT guard Dwyane Wade has been named to the 2008-09 NBA All-Defensive Second Team.

This marks as the second time Wade has earned NBA All-Defensive Team honors, previously being named to the Second Team during the 2004-05 season. The voting panel consisted of the NBA’s 30 head coaches, who were asked to select NBA All-Defensive First and Second Teams by position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players from their own team. Two points were awarded for a First Team vote and one point was awarded for a Second Team vote. Wade finished with nine First Team votes and eight Second Team votes. Teammate Udonis Haslem finished with three Second Team votes.

Earning All-Defensive First Team honors are Orlando’s Dwight Howard, L.A. Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Cleveland’s LeBron James, New Orleans’ Chris Paul and Boston’s Kevin Garnett. Joining Wade on the All-Defensive Second Team is San Antonio’s Tim Duncan, Boston’s Rajon Rondo and Houston’s Ron Artest and Shane Battier.

Wade finished the 2008-09 season with a league-best 30.2 points, 7.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 2.19 steals and 1.34 blocks in 38.6 minutes while shooting 49.1 percent from the field, 31.7 percent from three-point range and 76.5 percent from the foul line. He joined Chris Paul as the only player’s in the NBA to rank among the Top 10 in four major statistical categories. He finished first in scoring, second in steals, tied for sixth in minutes and eight in assists. He also ranked 16th in blocks and tied for 31st in field goal percentage. He became the only player in NBA history to record at least 2,000 points, 500 assists, 150 steals and 100 blocks during a single season. He capped off the 2008-09 season as the only player in the league to amass at least 100 blocks and 100 steals, also becoming the only player in NBA history 6’4” or under to block at least 100 shots in a single season. Additionally, he blocked the potential game-winning shot on eight different occasions this season, five under 21.6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and three in overtime.

Wade, a 2008-09 two-time NBA Player of the Month and three-time NBA Player of the Week selection, matched his career-high of grabbing at least one steal in 18 consecutive games from Dec. 12, 2008 thru Jan. 17, 2009, marking it as the third-best streak in HEAT history. His 279 combined total blocks and steals ranked him second to only Dwight Howard’s 308 among all players in the league this season. Wade, along with first-year teammate Mario Chalmers, became just the fourth pair of teammates, with one of them being a rookie, to each record at least 150 steals since the 1973-74 season. Combined with Chalmers, their 333 total steals placed them first among teammates in the league for total steals and their 447 combined steals and blocks also ranked them as the best tandem of teammates for total steals and blocks in the league this season.

Wade joins P.J. Brown (1996-97 & 1998-99) and Bruce Bowen (2000-01) as the only HEAT players to be named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. Miami’s Alonzo Mourning was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team on two occasions (1998-99 & 1999-00).