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The End of an Era: Dwyane Wade


Basketball in the NBA is a game of heroes and legends, inspiring their loyal fans. As the dust sets on a generation of superstars, it’s time to reminisce about their exploits and legacies.

Spotlight on: Dwyane Wade

The legacy: With his recent move back to the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade has cemented his place in the heart of Heat fans. After being selected in the lottery by the Heat in 2003 following a successful collegiate career at Marquette, the 6-foot-4 guard rose to stardom by bringing the Heat to three NBA titles.

Evolution of his game: As one of the premier slashers in the League over the past decade and a half, Wade’s intricate footwork allows him to burst past his defender with ease. He has also earned a reputation as one of the best finishers around the rim with his creativity and explosiveness, and is a master at drawing fouls and getting to the free-throw line with his forays to the basket. As he aged however, Wade developed a post game, just as many legends of the game did in their latter years, most notably Michael Jordan. With his accurate turnaround jumper, strength and effective use of the pump fake, the Chicago native has turned the low block into his own personal classroom for less experienced defenders.

Most memorable moments: Dwyane Wade’s NBA Finals MVP performance in 2006 was one for the record books. Averaging almost 40 points in the last four decisive games of the series, he led the Heat back from a 2-0 deficit to win the Finals 4-2 over Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. After his performance, there was no longer any doubt that Wade belonged in the pantheon of NBA greats.

Article written by Wong Chin Yi. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the NBA.