Dwyane Wade: 15 Greatest Moments During Career With Miami Heat
Dwyane Wade's Greatest Moments
In what can already be considered an illustrious career, Dwyane Wade has done many things to make the Miami Heat one of the greatest teams in the past decade. With three NBA titles since 2006 and playoff appearance after playoff appearance in between the titles, Wade has led the Heat to the top of the league.
Many may argue that LeBron James is the leader of the Heat, but Miami was Wade's team long before James even considered joining the squad -- just ask Shaquille O'Neal. As the team's leader since being drafted in 2003, Wade has broken many franchise records and he has even won an Olympic gold medal.
Wade has had some pretty great moments as a member of the Miami Heat and I am here to bring you the top 15 moments of his career with the Heat. With as many great moments as he's had, it was really tough to narrow this list down to 15, but you know you will be seeing the best of the best.
Although he has been dealing with nagging injuries for the better part of a couple of seasons, Wade can still be considered one of the best players in the league. At one point in his career, he was considered on the same level as James and Kobe Bryant. If Wade can overcome his nagging injuries and get back to the player he once was a couple of years ago, there is no telling what kind of extremely impressive and memorable legacy he will leave in Miami.
Bringing in Chris Bosh and James was one of the more impressive moments of his career with the Heat because that has led to three straight NBA Finals appearances, two straight NBA titles and respect from everyone around the league.
Let's take a look at the 15 greatest Dwyane Wade moments in Miami Heat history and let me know what your favorite moment was.
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Honorable Mention: Chosen 5th Overall in 2003 NBA Draft
This deserves a mention because the Miami Heat jumped at the opportunity to draft Wade when he somehow fell to fifth in the 2003 NBA Draft. That decision made this list possible.
15. Scoring 48 Points Against Chicago
Wade had a monster game against the Chicago Bulls on March 9, 2009. He put up 48 points and 12 assists and ended the game with an unbelievable steal and running three-point shot at the buzzer. Watch for yourself.
14. Wade's Run Against Detroit
It wasn't exactly a playoff game, but it had playoff implications. Wade saw his Miami Heat down in the fourth quarter to the Detroit Pistons in a 2006 regular season contest. An incredible 17 of his 37 points came in the last 4:25 of the game to win it.
13. 2006 NBA Finals Comeback
The 2006 NBA Finals looked all but locked up as the Heat were down 0-2 in the series to the Dallas Mavericks and they trailed in Game 3 by 13 points with six minutes left. Wade put the team on his back, ended up scoring 42 points and led the Heat to an improbable comeback win. That fueled the series comeback and victory behind Wade's 34.7 points per game average.
12. Wade's Great Second Half Performance
Although the Heat didn't win the series in 2010, Dwyane Wade put up one of the best playoff performances of all time by taking down the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the 2010 Eastern Conference first round after being down 0-3. Wade scored 30 second half points and finished with 46 on the night.
11. Buzzer Beater vs. Utah Jazz
Everyone loves buzzer beaters and this one is no different. Wade took the Jazz into overtime and pulled out a win after scoring 23 points in the fourth quarter and overtime combined. He ended the game with an amazing buzzer beater to cap off his solid night.
10. Wade's 55-Point Explosion
Wade had his best offensive game of his career on April 12, 2009. He accounted for 55 points and he made it look pretty easy.
9. 2010 NBA All-Star Game MVP
Being dubbed the best player in a game of superstars has to be a great honor -- even if there is no defense played during the contest.
8. The Dunk
This needs no explanation as to why it's No. 8 on this list. Just watch:
7. 2009 NBA Scoring Title
Wade averaged 30.5 points per game in 2009 and won the league's scoring title, yet he was snubbed of an MVP award as well.
6. 2006 NBA Finals MVP
This has to be one of the most memorable moments in Wade's career as he led the Miami Heat to the first NBA title in franchise history and took home the NBA Finals MVP award. That's quite an accomplishment for a guy who had been in the league for just three seasons.
5. Gold Medal in Beijing
This isn't exactly a Miami Heat moment, but it's one of Wade's Greatest. After winning the bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics, Wade and the USA men's basketball team rebounded and won gold in 2008 in Beijing.
4. Miami's All-Time Assist Leader
Wade passed Tim Hardaway as Miami's all-time assist leader in January of 2010. That's pretty impressive, seeing as Wade isn't a point guard like Hardaway was and he had only been with the franchise for seven years. He is currently around the 4,200 career assists mark.
3. Miami's All-Time Scoring Leader
Wade had one of his best career games against the Utah Jazz in March of 2009 by scoring 50 points in an overtime thriller, but that wasn't the highlight of the game. He surpassed Alonzo Mourning as the all-time leading scorer of the Miami Heat. He is currently over 17,000 points for his career.
2. Back-to-back Titles in 2012-13
Winning two straight titles has to be a defining moment in the superstar's career. Grouped with LeBron James and Chris Bosh, the trio make one of the most unstoppable teams in NBA history.
1. NBA Title in 2006
Winning his first title has to be the greatest moment of his decade-long career.