Dwyane Tyrone "Flash" Wade

Date of Birth:

January 17, 1982
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Dwyane with the NBA Championship Trophy and the Finals MVP Trophy.

​Occupation:

Point/Shooting Guard of the Miami Heat

​Education:

Broadcasting Major at Marquette University

Height/Weight:

6'4"/220 lbs.

Getting Started
Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. was born on January 17, 1982 in Chicago, Illinois. He is the son of Dwyane Sr. and Jolina Wade, who became divorced shortly after bringing Dwyane onto this earth("Dwyane wade biography," ). Dwyane grew up with his older sisters, Tragil, Deana and Keisha, in Chicago. His life changed when he was 13, and Traigel put him on a bus to Robbins, Illinois to live with his father. There, he began to like where he was located and the people around him. He attended Harold L. Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Illinois. There he met Siohvaughn Funches, they became good friends, and later soulmates. While in Oak Lawn he began to be more and more interested in basketball. In high-school he started on the varsity football team as cornerback and wide-reciever, and joined the basketball team as a sophomore. Initially the Bulldogs were a football school, but they were beginning to build a nice Basketball program, surrounded around Demetrius Wade, Dwyane's stepbrother. Dwyane fell in love with the game and the University of Michigan's Fab Five, who won the NCAA National title that year. Over the summer between sophomore and junior year, he worked everyday on his game. He would play Demetrius, his father and anyother challenger on the block.
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Siohvaughn Funches and Dwyane
Once the new year had started he had a better jumpshot, ball-handling, and overall game to lead the team. He was now the center of the basketball program since Demetrius had graduated the previous year. That year Dwyane averaged 20.7 points and 7.6 rebounds, the state of Illinois was beginning to recgonize him. Many colleges including DePaul, Marquette, and Illinois St. were beginning to notice Wade. Unfortunately for him, he missed the required ACT score by 1 point, so many big name colleges were skeptical about recruiting him. In his final year at Richards Dwyane averaged 27 points and 11 rebounds, and got Richards to a final record of 24-5.




College

Marquette ended up taking a chance on Wade though. Tom Crean, the head coach of the Marquette Golden Eagles, did not let Dwyane play his freshman year because of his academics. Wade was not allowed to suit up for games or travel with the team, although at home games he would sit right next to Crean, and the coaches would quiz him on how he would handle different situations and what plays he would call. Then Dwayne's sophomore year in college came around and he could finally play ball. As a starter he averaged more than 20 points, 9 rebounds, and about 5 assists per game in their 5 game winning streak at the Great Alaska Shootout tournament. He helped Marquette rise to 17th in the Nation and he won Conference USA Player of the Week. The Golden Eagles felt good about their chances in March Madness, but ran into an upset against Tulsa in the 1st round. Dwyane felt a little better by being on the Conference USA All 1st Team and getting honorable mention in All American voting. Then the 2002-2003 season came around, and Dwyane knew that this was going to be his year. They reached the top 10 that year and won Marquette's 1st Conference USA title. They did amazing in the March Madness tournament this time around by reaching the Final Four, but loosing a heartbreaker to Kansas. Dwyane averaged 21.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 2.2 steals per game that season.
Getting Drafted
He was a 1st round lottery pick in the NBA draft so he left Marquette for the big show. He was the 5th overall pick by the Miami Heat on draft day, passed up by Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, and Toronto. He led the Heat in points and assists that season to become one of the 4 other players to have accomplished that feat. Then the Heat made a bold decision. They decided to trade Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, Eddie Jones, and a 1st round pick to obtain Shaquille O'Neal from the Lakers. That decision proved to be worth a lot. With Dwyane in the Backcourt and Shaq in the front-court, the Miami Heat proved to be unstoppable that year, honing a 59-23 record, the best in the Eastern Conference. During the season Shaq gave Wade a new nickname, The Flash, and said that Dwyane was an all around better player than Kobe. Dwyane had 14 double-doubles and 1 triple-double that season, becoming the Heat's fastest player to have a triple-double. They cruised through the 1st round of the playoffs beating the Nets in 4 straight games. Their next task was the Washington Wizards, and with Dwyane having more than 30 points a night, the Heat swept them too. Then Miami ran into the Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals and lost to them in 7 games. Dwyane knew, just like in Marquette, that next season was going to be his year. In the 2005-2006 season Dwyane made the All-Star Team and also qualified for the USA Men's Olympic team in 2008. In the 2005-2006 season the Heat came in 2nd in the Eastern Conference behind the Pistons.

Championship Run
They started off their playoff run against the Chicago Bulls and beat them in 6 games. Then they had to face the Nets again and beat them this time around too, while the Pistons had a brutal series against the Cavaliers, but beat the Cavs in the final of 7 games. Then it was rematch time as the Heat faced the Pistons for the 2nd straight year. This time, though, Dwyane, Shaq, and the Heat took care of business. They ended up beating the Pistons in 6 games and headed to their 1st NBA Finals having to play the Dallas Mavericks, who were the Western Conference Champions. The Heat dropped the 1st two games thanks to the Mavericks Jason Terry and Dirk Nowitzki. The next three games, Dwyane went into beast mode. He had 42 points in game 3, 36 in game 4, and added another 42 in game 5. Then the series headed back to Dallas, but that didn't stop Dwyane. He put up another 36 points to win the Heats 1st NBA Championship, and he also won the NBA Finals MVP award. This may have been Dwyanes best year in the NBA. He is currently still with the Heat, but his contract is expired at the end of this season and he will be a free agent. he averages 25.3 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game , 6.6 assists per game, and 1.8 steals per game. He is also a huge part of the Wade's World Foundation, which helps kids become more active physically and donates money to building more active parks and playgrounds. He is a huge part of our generation by helping in foundations, helping kids become more active, and proving that if you chase your dream and put hard work into it, anything can happen.






















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