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2. Dwyane Wade

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2. Dwyane Wade

With all due respect to the Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers who took their talent to South Beach, Dwyane Wade WAS THE Miami Heat.

An All-American at Marquette, Wade was drafted 5th Overall in 2003, and it did not take him long to assume a leadership role with the team.  The Guard brought that sweet shooting touch to Miami, and after being named to the first of what would be 13 All-Star Games in 2005, he would put on one of the greatest NBA Finals in history with a 33.8 PER leading the Heat to their first NBA Championship.  Wade would go on a tear where he would be a vital member of the ”Redeem" Team that won the United States Gold Medal in 2008, and he would win the Scoring Title in 2008/09 with a PPG of 30.2.  While this was his highest amount, he would have nine other seasons where he averaged more than 21 Points per Game.

It was the Olympics where he had LeBron James and Chris Bosh as his teammates, and he would be joined by the members of his 2003 Draft Class to make a superteam that would win the 2012 and 2013 NBA Title. 

Overall, Wade would be a 13-time All-Star, eight-time All-NBA Selection, and was a three-time All-Defensive Selection.  He should be a first ballot lock for Springfield.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 2023
  • Position: Point Guard, Shooting Guard
  • College: Marquette
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 5th Overall in 2003
  • Major Accolades and Awards: NBA Finals MVP (2006)
    All-NBA First Team (2009 & 2010)

    All-NBA Second Team (2005, 2006 & 2011)
    All-NBA Third Team (2007, 2012 & 2013)
    NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2005, 2009 & 2010)
    NBA All-Star (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2019)
    All-Star Game MVP (2010)
    NBA All-Rookie (2004)
    Most Points (2009)
    Most Points per Game (2009)
    Most Field Goals (2009)
    Most Field Goal Attempts (2009)
    Most 2-Point Field Goals (2009)
    Most 2-Point Field Goal Attempts (2009)
    Highest PER (2007)
    Highest Box Plus/Minus (2007)
    Highest Usage Percentage (2009 & 2010)
    NBA Champion (Miami Heat 2006, 2012 & 2013)
    Olympic Gold Medal (U.S.A., 2008)
    Olympic Bronze Medal (U.S.A., 2004)
    World Cup of Basketball Bronze Medal (U.S.A., 2004)
    Conference USA Player of the Year (2003)
    First Team All-American (2003)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Points (5) (2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10 & 2010-11)
    Top Ten Finishes: Points per Game (6) (2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 & 2012-13)
    Top Ten Finishes: Assists (3) (2004-05, 2008-09 & 2009-10)
    Top Ten Finishes: Assists per Game (3) (2004-05, 2008-09 & 2009-10)
    Top Ten Finishes: Steals (3) (2005-06, 2008-09 & 2009-10)
    Top Ten Finishes: Steals per Game (4) (2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10 & 2012-13)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Percentage (1) (2013-14)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goals (4) 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10 & 2010-11)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Attempts (3) (2008-09, 2009-10 & 2010-11)
    Top Ten Finishes: 2-Point Field Goals (6) (2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 & 2015-16)
    Top Ten Finishes: 2-Point Field Goal Attempts (5) (2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 & 2015-16)
    Top Ten Finishes: Free Throws (5) (2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10 & 2010-11)
    Top Ten Finishes: Free Throw Attempts (6) (2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 & 2012-13)
    Top Ten Finishes: Minutes Played (1) (2008-09)
    Top Ten Finishes: Minutes per Game (1) (2008-09)
    Top Ten Finishes: PER (8) (2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 & 2012-13)
    Top Ten Finishes: Win Shares (4) (2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10 & 2010-11)
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Win Shares (4) (2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10 & 2010-11)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Win Shares (2) (2009-10 & 2010-11)
    Top Ten Finishes: Box Plus/Minus (6) (2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 & 2011-12)
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Box Plus/Minus (2) (2008-09 & 2009-10)
    Top Ten Finishes: VORP (4) (2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10 & 2010-11)
    Top Ten FInishes: Usage Percentage (11) (2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2014-15 & 2015-16)

  • Notable All-time Rankings: 6.   Usage Percentage: 31.4
    24. PER: 23.5 
    25. VORP: 62.8 
    25. Box Plus/Minus: 4.5 
    27. Offensive Box Plus/Minus: 4.2
    29. Free Throw Attempts: 7,463 
    31. Free Throws: 5,708 
    33. Steals: 1,620 
    35. 2-Point Field Goals: 7,905 
    36. Field Goals: 8,454 
    36. Field Goal Attempts: 17,617 
    36. 2-Point Field Goal Attempts 
    37. Points: 23,165 
    38. Points per Game: 22.0 
    43. Assists: 5,701 
    49. Win Shares: 120.7 
    54. Offensive Win Shares: 73.3
    60. Defensive Win Shares: 47.4
    72. Minutes Played: 35,773 
    79. Steals per Game: 1.5 
    95. Assists per Game: 5.4 

Should Dwyane Wade be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 90.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.4%
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