Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. is an American former Basketball Player who mainly played Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association for 16 years before retiring.
Standing at 6ft 4 inches, Dwyane Wade is considered one of the finest basketball players of all time. He was won three NBA Championships in his career and multiple MVPs, and the Miami Heat has retired his Jersey no.3 as a tribute.
Let’s take a quick look at some facts about Dwyane Wade before moving on to further details.
|Full Name||Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr.|
|Birth Date||January 17, 1982|
|Birth Place||Illinois, Chicago, United States|
|Nick Name||D-Wade, Flash|
|Education||Harold L. Richards High School, Marquette University|
|Father’s Name||Dwyane Wade Sr.|
|Mother’s Name||JoLinda Wade|
|Siblings||4; Two half-siblings and older sister Tragil Wade|
|Age||40 Years Old|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93m)|
|Weight||100 kgs (220 lb)|
|Active Years||2003 – 2019|
|Marital Status||Married to Gabrielle Union|
|Children||4; Zada Wade, Kaavia James Wade, Zaire Blessing Dwyane Wade, Xavier Zecharia Wade|
|Net Worth||$170 million|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter|
|Last Update||January, 2022|
Dwyane Wade – Early Life, Education, Basketball
Wade was born on Jan 17, 1982, to JoLinda Wade and Dwyane Wade Sr. in Chicago, USA. Dwyane has 2 stepsiblings and one older sibling, Tragil Wade, to who he gives credits for pointing him in the right direction.
A young Dwyane WadeHis childhood was rough and troubled as his parents got divorced, and his mother got custody of him and his sister. However, his mother was a drug addict who was constantly in and out of prison.
When Dwyane was eight years old, his sister dropped him at his father and stepmother’s house in the pretense of going to the movies. Dwyane would occasionally visit his mother, but it stopped when his father and the family moved to Robbins, Illinois.
Wade turned all his attention to sports to tune out the temptations of drugs and gangs, a move that the entire basketball world is thankful for. He put his focus on football and basketball in high school.
When Wade started blossoming in basketball, his mother promised to quit drugs altogether and claims that she has been sober since 2003.
Dwyane Wade played football as well as basketball in high school. He studied at Harold L. Richards High School at Oak Lawn, Chicago. He did way better in football as a wide receiver than in basketball initially.
Wade, through his hard work and persistence, set the school records of his high school with a total of 676 points scored and 106 steals.
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Dwyane Wade started his college at Marquette University to train under coach Tom Crean. He could not play in his freshman year due to low grades, but he could get back the grades to play in his college’s sophomore year after constant studying and tutoring.
With Wade on the team scoring phenomenally, the Marquette University team played better than they had since the 1993-94 season. His performance in the Midwest Regional final drew the attention of the entire country. Wade was named the MVP of the Midwest Regional. His performance earned him an NBA draft projection, entered the NBA in 2003, and skipped his senior year.
Dwyane Wade – NBA Career, Championship
Dwyane Wade was the fifth selected player to be selected in the 2003 NBA draft by the Miami Heat, for whom he went on to play the majority of his career.
Miami Heat immediately saw the potential Wade carried as they could see his game when he played. Je averaged 16.2 points on 46.5% shooting as well as 4 rebounds and 4.5 assists.
The year Miami went on to play in the playoffs, Wade put up a brilliant game in the offseasons. His game with the Indiana Pacers was excellent.
Dwyane Wade was unanimously selected for the 2004 NBA All-Rookie Team and finished third voting(after LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony). He finished off his rookie year in the top five Rookies of the year statistics.
When Miami received Shaquille O’Neal in a tradeoff, their rapport improved greatly. Wade got a chance to play in the All-Star Games as well that year.
In the 2005-06 season, Wade became a starter at the All-Star Game. He played a good game, scoring 20 points in 30 minutes of play. He finished the regular season averaging 27.2 points, 6.7 assists,5.7 rebounds, and 1.95 steals.
Wade incurred several injuries when playing against the Chicago Bulls in the 2006 playoffs. He played despite the pain to give Miami a lead. In the finals, Wade faced Dallas Mavericks, where he helped the Heats go to a lead from a deficit. He won the MVP for his extraordinary game, being the fifth-youngest player ever to win so.
The injuries caused Dwyane Wade to miss 31 games in the 2006-07 season. He was selected to the All-Star game again and received the All-NBA honors. Apart from Pete Maravich, he was the only Shooting Guard to receive All-NBA honors even after missing 31 games the season.
Wade missed the Olympics Qualifiers match of the USA due to injuries as well. He had to go through several surgeries to fix his dislocated left shoulder and left knee, which was successful.
Dwyane Wade helped the U.S. National Team win gold at the 2008 Olympics as he led the team in scoring. He also returned to the Miami Heat startup line and became the only player after Alvan Adams to post 40 points, 10 assists, and 5 blocks in a single game. He was also elected for the All-Star game for the fifth time in a row.
Latter Years in the Miami Heat
He became the fourth NBA player in history to score at least 50 in a match where his team lost by at least 20 points. In the next game that season, Wade achieved his career-high 16 assists and added 31 points with 7 rebounds.
Wade was also the only player to reach 2000 points, 500 assists and 150 steals, and 100 blocks and the only player under 6ft 5 inches to block upwards of 100 shots in a single season.
Wade proved to be an asset to the Miami Heat as he helped them get into the playoffs even after winning fewer than 15 games that season. In a game against New York Knicks, Wade recorded 50 points in only 3 quarters but got pulled out of the game.
He won his first NBA scoring title and finished the seasons with a higher average assist than Kobe Bryant and James, who finished Wade in the MVP title race.
The years starting from 2010 to 2014 was a great time for Wade as he started as a free agent. To keep Wade in Miami Heat, the Miami-Dade Country renamed its name into Miami-Wade County. Later, it was announced that Wade would sign with Miami Heat once again.
In 2012, Dwyane Wade became the third NBA player to triple-double in the All-Star game history. He posted 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, joining Micheal Jordan and LeBron James.
That year Miami Heat went on to win the NBA Championship, becoming the only team to win after playing in 3 playoff series.
Wade underwent knee surgery and missed the 2012 Olympics. He did the surgery in the offseason and was ready to go back to the games. During a match with the Charlotte Bobcats, Wade accidentally kicked the Guard in the groin, causing him to be suspended for a Day.
In the playoffs, the injured Wade couldn’t perform as well as he would’ve been liked. 2012 was a championship year for Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade as they went on to win the NBA Championship again.
In 2013-14, Wade missed 28 games from injuries and was benched for the majority of the back-to-back games. He averaged 19 points and achieved a career-high of 54% of the field goal percentage. The Heat lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA finals and lost its title.
Wade resigned from the Miami Heat in 2014. He went on to miss seven consecutive games because of a hamstring injury. Wade scored a season-high of 42 points against Utah. He pulled out of the All-Star due to another hamstring injury.
Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers
Dwyane signed with his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls, a contract of two years for $47 million. The Heat offered him a 2 year $20 million deal and later changed it to 2 years $40 million deal.
Wade did not accept any of the offers and went ahead with Chicago Bulls. This resulted in a controversy as Wade and Heat quarreled over the deal. It is safe to assume; their relationship ended badly.
In 2017 Bulls reached a buyout with Wade, and he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in 3 days and played for the entire year of 2017 for them.
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Back to Miami Heat
In the 2018 trade deadline of the NBA, the Cavaliers traded Wade back to the Miami Heat. Wade and the Heat representative, Pat Riley, dissolved their differences after attending the funeral of Wade’s longtime agent, Henry Thomas.
On his first game after being back with Miami, he received a standing ovation from everybody as he walked the court and came off the bench.
Dwyane Wade announced his plans to retire in the offseasons of the 2019 season. He missed seven games in November due to the birth of his daughter. Despite that, Wade scored 35 points, a season-high for the Miami Heat player on the bench.
Wade retired after playing the last match of his career for the Miami Heat and scored his fifth career triple-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.
On January 10, 2020, Miami Heat announced that Wade’s Jersey#3 would be retired in his honor and as gratitude for his service.
Dwyane Wade – Awards and Accolades
- 3× NBA champion: 2006, 2012, 2013
- NBA Finals MVP: 2006
- The NBA scoring champion: 2009
- NBA All-Star Game MVP: 2010
- 13× NBA All-Star: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019
- 8× All-NBA:
- First Team: 2009, 2010
- Second Team: 2005, 2006, 2011
- Third Team: 2007, 2012, 2013
- 3× All-Defense:
- Second Team: 2005, 2009, 2010
- NBA All-Rookie First Team: 2004
- NBA Skills Challenge champion: 2006, 2007
- Gold medal with Team USA: 2008 Summer Olympic Games
- Bronze medal with Team USA: 2004 Summer Olympic Games
- Bronze medal with Team USA: 2006 FIBA World Championship
- Miami Heat all-time leading scorer
- Miami Heat all-time assists leader
- 2005 Best Breakthrough Athlete ESPY Award
- 2006 Best NBA Player ESPY Award
- Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year 2006
- 2006 Sporting News Sportsman of the Year
- Wade won the 2012–13 season-long NBA Community Assist Award
Dwyane Wade – Personal Life, Net Worth
Dwyane Wade married his high school sweetheart Siohvaughn Funches in 2002. Thye separated in 2007 and divorced in 2011 after a rigorous legal battle. He was granted the sole custody of his two kids. He also raises his nephew.
Wade started dating his now-wife, Gabrielle Union, in 2008. They briefly split up in 2013, during which time he had a baby with Aja Metoyer. Union and Wade became engaged at the end of 2013 and got married in 2014.
In 2020, Wade’s 12-year-old son came out as transgender and changed her name to Zaya. Wade and Union became parents in 2018 via surrogacy and had a baby daughter.
Dwyane Wade is associated with various brands like Gatorade, Staples, Sean John, T-Mobile, Topps, and Lincoln. Wade was also a part of the Times 100 most influential people of 2020.
Dwyane Wade has a net worth of $140 million, and he is involved in lots of philanthropic activities that he conducts through his foundation The Wade”s World Foundation.
Dwyane Wade – FAQs
1. Is Dwyane Wade retired?
Yes, Dwyane Wade retired after playing his last season in 2019.
2. Are Wade and LeBron James friends?
Yes, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are still friends despite having played for competing teams.
3. Who is Dwyane Wade’s wife?
Dwyane Wade is married to Gabrielle Union, who is an actor, activist, and author. They have a daughter together.