Wade Selected As 2016 NBA All-Star Starter

MIAMI, January 21 – The NBA announced tonight that HEAT guard Dwyane Wade was selected as a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Stars in a vote by the fans for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. The 65th NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT and reach fans in more than 215 countries and territories in more than 47 languages, will be played at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday, February 14. 

Wade, the 2010 NBA All-Star MVP, was selected as an All-Star for the 12th-straight season, the most by a HEAT player in franchise history. In his previous 10 All-Star appearances (missed 2015 due to injury), he has averaged 17.3 points, 4.8 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 2.50 steals and 25.2 minutes while shooting 64.2 percent from the field. He posted a 24-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist triple-double in the 2012 All-Star Game and hit the game-winning field goal in the 2006 All-Star Game.

Wade has appeared in 40 games (39 starts) this season averaging 18.1 points, 4.6 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 29.9 minutes while shooting 45.5 percent from the field. He has led the team in points 16 times, in assists 19 times, in steals on 12 occasions and blocks twice. Wade began the season scoring at least 20 points in five-straight games, the fourth-longest 20-point streak to start a season in his career. He scored 26 points and dished out nine assists on December 7 vs. Washington, pairing with Goran Dragić (20 pts, 9 asts) to become just the third set of teammates to each record at least 20 points and nine assists in the same game. His victory against New Orleans on December 25 improved his Christmas Day career record to 10-1 (.909), no other player in NBA history owns a higher winning percentage on Christmas Day with at least 10 games played. The next night on December 26 at Orlando, Wade connected on a perfect 10-of-10 from the foul line, marking the 11th time in his career he has been perfect from the charity stripe after taking double-figure attempts during a single game. He then hit his 5,000th career free throw on January 9 at Utah, the most in HEAT franchise history. His game-tying lay-up at the buzzer vs. Indiana on January 4, sent the game into overtime (resulting in a Miami win), marked the seventh game-tying or game-winning shot of his career, the second-most by a player since he entered the league in 2003-04. Additionally, Wade has scored 19,537 career points, ranking 44th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He has moved up 11 spots since the beginning of the season after starting in 55th place, moving past Hall of Famers Isiah Thomas, Chet Walker, Scottie Pippen, Gail Goodrich and Bob Lanier.