Limitless champion bringing the heat.
After leading Marquette to the Final Four in 2003, Wade was taken by the Miami Heat with the No. 5 pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. He had an immediate impact, averaging 16.2 points per game to lead Miami to a 42-40 record and spot in the playoffs. During the 2004 playoffs, he was just the fourth rookie to lead his team in points and assists in the postseason.
In his third season, Wade — now paired with Shaquille O’Neal, who had come to Miami the previous season — helped lead the Heat to their first NBA championship in 2006. Wade averaged 27.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 6.7 apg in the regular season to lead Miami to 52 wins and only got better in the playoffs. Wade fought through various injuries before taking over in The Finals, where he averaged 34.7 ppg to take home Finals MVP honors as Miami defeated the Dallas Mavericks in six games.
Wade was known for his hard-charging style of play and an ability to convert tough layups and finish around the rim, often through contact. He also proved to be a ferocious defender, making the NBA's All-Defensive Team three times and utilizing his innate ability to block shots despite his size. With playoffs included, Wade has blocked more shots than any guard in NBA history (1,060).
In the 2008-09 season, Wade led the league in scoring and captured his first NBA scoring title, averaging 30.2 ppg. Wade would finish his career with 23,165 points on 48% shooting.
With LeBron James and Chris Bosh helping form Miami’s "Big Three," the Heat made four straight trips to The Finals, winning back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013. Wade averaged 22.1 ppg, 4.8 apg and 4.6 rpg in 2011-12 as the Heat gutted their way through the playoffs where they beat the Thunder in five games (and becoming the first team to win a title after trailing in three series).
In 2013, Wade fought through injuries, but came alive in The Finals, averaging 19.6 ppg as the Heat beat the Spurs in seven games for their second straight title (and Wade’s third).
Wade finished his career as the Miami Heat franchise leader in games played (948), points (21,556), assists (5,310) and steals (1,492). He is also fourth in rebounds (4,482).
In 2016, Wade signed with the Chicago Bulls and, a season later, signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers to play alongside James again. He was dealt back to the Heat in 2018, where he would wrap up his career with a farewell campaign with Miami in 2018-19. In 2019, he and Dirk Nowitzki (also playing in his final season) was named as a special addition to the All-Star Game roster by Commissioner Adam Silver.