Dwyane Wade – The Heart of the Miami Heat

Dwyane Wade was drawn by the Miami Heat in 2003 where he quickly emerged as a solid player averaging 16 points per game with a 46% shooting average and around 4 assists per game all in his rookie year. While improving his game with outstanding performances in the playoffs he fell short to the selection of the 2004 NBA All-Rookie Team, placing his third in rookie of the yearoting just behind Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James.

In the first round of the 2005 NBA Playoffs, wade scored 26.3 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds at 50% field-goal shooting as the Heat slammed the New Jersey Nets. Wade's performance in the second round was outstanding as he completed an average 31 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists while sweeping the Washington Wizards. His passion and endurance remained true in the Eastern Conference Finals respectively playing with sinusitis, a knee strain, the flu and a strained rib muscle, suddenless the Heat lost the NBA Championships that year.

In the 2005-2006 Wade led his second All-Star Game with game winning performances to lead the East over the West 122-120. In the 2006 NBA playoffs, Wade resurrected his team to stardom while enduring some injuries while facing off with the Detroit Pistons. When the Miami heat faced off with the Dallas Mavericks, Wade made some of his most memorable plays to date finishing with 42 points (tying his career play high) and a career high of 13 rebounds. The Heat went on to win Game 6, taking the series 4-2, and Wade was presented the honorable Final MVP trophy. Dwyane Wade's career achievements include: 2006 NBA Champion and NBA Finals MVP, 4-time NBA All-Star (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), 3 All-Defense, 2004 (2005, 2006, 2007) NBA All-Rookie Team,

and NBA All-Star Skills Challenge Champion (2006, 2007).

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