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Dwyane Wade

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NBA Finals MVP (2006)Sportsman of the Year (2006)2-time NBA All-Star Skills Challenge Champion (2006, 2007)

After entering the league with little fanfare as the fifth pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, Wade has become one of the more accomplished young players in the NBA today. After making the All-Rookie team in his first season, and the All-Star team the following three seasons, he led his team to an NBA Championship at the conclusion of his third pro campaign. Wade was named 2006 NBA Finals MVP as he led the Heat to a 4-2 series win over the Dallas Mavericks.

On February 3, 2007, nearly three and a half years after his final collegiate game, Marquette retired Wade's jersey at halftime of their game against Providence. Although Marquette requires student-athletes to graduate prior to receiving jersey retirement honors, the University has made special exception for Wade based on his accomplishments since leaving Marquette.

In the 2005-06 NBA season, Wade was elected to his second All-Star Game. In the 2006 NBA All-Star Game, Wade made the game winning put-back off of the Philadelphia 76ers' Allen Iverson's missed shot, to lead the East to a 122–120 victory over the West. He finished the 2005-06 regular season averaging 27.2 points, 6.7 assists, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.95 steals per game.

In his first trip to the NBA Finals, in which the Miami Heat faced off against the Dallas Mavericks, Wade had some of the more well known moments of his career. His performance in games three, four, and five, in which he scored 42, 36, and 43 points, respectively, helped bring the Heat back from a 0–2 deficit to lead the series at 3 games to 2. Wade's Game 3 performance was especially memorable; Wade finished with 42 points (tying his career playoff high) and 13 rebounds (career high). 15 of his 42 points came in the 4th quarter, in which the Heat erased a 13 point deficit over the final 6:34 with a 22–7 run which included a go-ahead jumper by NBA veteran Gary Payton that sealed the win. The Heat went on to win Game 6, taking the series 4–2, and Wade was presented with the Finals MVP trophy. Wade had the third highest scoring average ever by a player in his first NBA Finals with 34.7 points per game.

In the 2006-07 NBA season, Wade was elected to his third straight All-Star Game. Despite his play, the Heat struggled early in the season with injuries and were 20–25 on February 1, 2007. However, with Shaquille O'Neal healthy and Pat Riley returning to the bench after undergoing hip and knee surgeries, the Heat seemed poised to surge into the second half of the season. However, during a game against the Houston Rockets on February 21, 2007, while attempting to steal the ball from Shane Battier, Wade dislocated his left shoulder and was assisted off the court in a wheelchair. After the injury he was left with the decision to either rehabilitate the injury or undergo season-ending surgery. On March 5, 2007, Wade announced that he would put off surgery and rehabilitate the shoulder with the intention of rejoining the team in time for the playoffs.


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