Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. ( dwayn; born January 17, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player.
On the heels of the All-Star weekend, Wade recorded 50 points on 56.6% shooting to go along with 5 rebounds and 5 assists during a blow-out loss to the Orlando Magic; he thus became the fourth player in NBA history to score at least 50 points in a game that his team lost by at least 20. In the very next contest, Wade recorded a career-high 16 assists and added 31 points and 7 rebounds as the Heat secured a 103–91 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Wade became the second player to record 15 or more assists after scoring 50-plus points since Wilt Chamberlain did as much in 1968. Two games later, Wade tied a franchise record with his 24 points scored in the final quarter, leading the Heat back from a 15-point deficit in the final nine minutes of the fourth to secure a 120–115 win over the New York Knicks. For the game, Wade recorded 46 points on 55% field goal shooting, plus 10 assists, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 blocked shots. Wade followed the performance with yet another consecutive 40-point outing versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. Playing against Eastern Conference rival and good friend, LeBron James, Wade put up 41 points on 53% shooting along with 9 assists, 7 steals, 7 rebounds, and a block in the 107–100 loss. The following game, in former teammate Shaquille O'Neal's first return to Miami since being traded, Wade tied his career-high with 16 assists and added 35 points on 62% shooting, 6 rebounds, plus a steal and a block, as the Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 135–129. Wade became the only player in Heat history to have multiple games with 30-plus points and 15 or more assists. Less than a week later, Wade tied the franchise-record that he himself had previously set with his 78th straight game of scoring in double figures; it came in a double-overtime thriller against the Chicago Bulls, in which Wade scored a final three-point basket to clinch a 130–127 victory. Wade finished the game with 48 points on 71.4% shooting, 12 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 blocks in 50 minutes of play. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Wade joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only other player in NBA history to record that many points and that many assists in a single game while having as high of a field goal percentage. Only two games later, Wade surpassed Alonzo Mourning to become the Heat's all-time leading scorer in a triple overtime classic versus the Utah Jazz. Wade finished that 140–129 victory with 50 points to go along with his 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 steals, and 2 blocks.
After months of rehabilitating his left knee and then helping the U.S. National Team win gold at the 2008 Olympics, during which he led the team in scoring, Wade returned to the Heat's starting lineup to begin the 2008–09 campaign. Early in the season, Wade became only the second player in NBA history to post at least 40 points, 10 assists, and 5 blocks in one game since Alvan Adams did so in 1976–77. With a healthy Wade leading the NBA in scoring and the Heat making a push for a playoff spot, Wade was elected to his fifth consecutive All-Star Game.
Wade was born the second of two children to JoLinda and Dwayne Wade Sr. in Chicago, Illinois, on January 17, 1982. There was a spelling mistake on his birth certificate, but his parents, having warmed to it, kept his name as "Dwyane." JoLinda had already had two children when she married Wade's father, having two more with him, Dwyane and his older sister, Tragil. The pair separated when Wade was only four months old. Wade has described his early childhood in the South Side of Chicago as trying.
Wade is a Christian and chose the number 3 throughout most of his career because it represents the Holy Trinity. He tithes 10% of his salary to a church in Chicago. His mother, Jolinda, strengthened her ties to Christianity in 2001 after years of drug abuse and dealing. She served as a minister during her final prison sentence in 2002 and 2003. She was ordained as a Baptist minister in January 2007 and formed the non-denominational Temple of Praise Binding and Loosing Ministry in Chicago. In May 2008, Wade purchased a church building for his mother's ministry.
Wade turned to basketball and football to avoid the temptations of drugs and gangs; his new environment allowed him to play both with his father and stepbrothers in the park. About his upbringing, Wade has credited his sister, Tragil, as the person most responsible for pointing him in the right direction. As a youth in Chicago, Wade grew up idolizing Michael Jordan and even modeled his game after the Chicago Bulls legend. On October 14, 2001, as Wade's basketball career was on the ascendant, JoLinda vowed to turn her life around and to get clean once and for all. She says that she has been since 2003.
Wade married his high school girlfriend Siohvaughn Funches in 2002. He filed for a divorce in 2007, which was granted in 2010 after a lengthy and acrimonious court battle. In 2011, Wade was granted sole custody of his two sons with Funches. Wade also raises a nephew, who is the son of Wade's sister Deanna. Wade began dating actress Gabrielle Union in 2009. According to Wade, he and Union briefly split up at some point early in 2013 due to career demands. During that time, Wade and longtime friend Aja Metoyer conceived a son. Wade and Union became engaged in December 2013, and married on August 30, 2014, in Miami. On November 7, 2018, Wade became a father for the fourth time, when he and Union welcomed the birth of their daughter who was born via surrogate.
Wade is well known for his philanthropic involvement in various organizations. In 2003, he founded The Wade's World Foundation, which provides support to community-based organizations that promote education, health, and social skills for children in at-risk situations. He hosts a variety of community outreach programs in Chicago and South Florida. In 2008, he announced his partnership with former teammate Alonzo Mourning's charitable foundation and co-hosted ZO's Summer Groove, an annual summer event. On December 24, 2008, Wade purchased a new home for a South Florida woman whose nephew accidentally burned down the family home. In addition, Wade donated some furnishings, clothing, and gifts to the family for the holiday.
In Marquette's 2002–03 campaign, Wade once again led the school in scoring with 21.5 points per game (ppg), and the Golden Eagles finished with a 27–6 record. Three days after his mother, JoLinda, was released from prison, she saw Wade play basketball for the first time in five years as Marquette upset the Cincinnati Bearcats, 70–61, to capture its first and only Conference USA title on March 8, 2003. Wade finished the contest with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. He also helped bring the Golden Eagles back to the Final Four for the first time since their 1977 national championship season. Wade was subsequently named to the All-America First Team by the Associated Press (AP), making him the first basketball player from Marquette to receive the distinction since 1978.
Listed at 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall and weighing 220 pounds (100 kg), Wade was a shooting guard who was also capable of playing point guard as he did during his rookie season and in subsequent seasons with smaller lineups. On offense, he has established himself as one of the quickest and most difficult players to guard, as well as one of the best slashers in NBA history. Wade's signature one-two step allows him to dash past bigger defenders and occasionally get the extra foul shot. Wade was able to get to the free throw line on a consistent basis; for this reason, he ranked first in free-throw attempts per 48 minutes in 2004–05 and again in the 2006–07 season. Wade has proven himself an unselfish player, averaging 5.4 assists per game throughout his career. After winning the NBA Finals MVP Award in 2006, Wade developed a reputation as one of the premier clutch players in the NBA. He gained a reputation for being capable of hitting game-winning baskets and potential game-winning free throws.
Wade has been featured in a number of magazine articles and publications. In 2005, he was featured on People's 50 Most Beautiful People, and in 2006 he was named the NBA's best-dressed player by GQ Magazine. In 2007, Esquire named him to their 4th annual Best Dressed Men in the World list for the second straight year. Wade has endorsement deals with companies such as Gatorade, Lincoln, Staples, Sean John, T-Mobile (his TV commercials feature him paired with NBA legend Charles Barkley), and Topps. He had his own line of shoes with Converse named "The Wade" and a series of Sidekick phones known as the D-Wade Edition with T-Mobile. During the 2009–10 season, Wade switched from Converse to Nike's Jordan Brand. Wade noted that the partnership ended on good terms, stating, "When I came into the NBA, I didn't have a lot of exposure and Converse gave me an opportunity to head a brand and be the face of a brand. I'm really thankful for six long, good years. I've gotten five shoes out of the deal and my dream came true at the Converse brand because they put my name on a pair of sneakers." Wade was hand-chosen by Michael Jordan and debuted the Air Jordan 2010 during the 2010 NBA All-Star break. During the 2011 NBA playoffs, Wade debuted his first signature shoe for the Jordan Brand, joining fellow players Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul, who have their own signature shoes for the brand. After his Jordan Brand contract expired in 2012, Wade signed with the Chinese athletic brand Li-Ning.
By the 2005–06 season, Wade had developed into one of the NBA's preeminent talents. He was elected to the All-Star Game for the second time but for his first time as a starter in 2006. During 30 minutes of play, he put up 20 points on 9-of-11 field goals and made the game-winning put-back off of Allen Iverson's missed jumper, leading the East to a 122–120 victory over the West. Wade finished the regular season with averages of 27.2 points, 6.7 assists, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.95 steals per contest.
In only his second game back from the All-Star Game, on February 17, Wade strained his calf in the first quarter. He left the game with 8 points in 8 minutes of play, ending his personal and also Heat's franchise-record streak of 148 consecutive games with at least 10 points. On April 2, Wade was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month; he was also named Player of the Week twice for his play in the month of March, leading the Heat to a 12–3, the team's best record since March 2006. It was his first Player of the Month award of the season and 5th of his career. He averaged 26.9 and 7.5 assists per game, both of which ranked third in the Eastern Conference, and 2.3 steals per game, which ranked first. Wade recorded as many as six 30-point games and had six double-doubles in the month, including a season-high 14 assists in an overtime win against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 4.
In the 2006–07 season, Wade missed a total of 31 games due to injury; even so, he was elected to his third consecutive All-Star Game and received All-NBA honors. He became the first guard to earn All-NBA honors after missing 31 or more of the season's games since Pete Maravich of the Utah Jazz earned Second Team honors in their 1977–78 campaign. Despite Wade's considerable contribution when he did play, the Heat struggled early in the season with injuries in general and were 20–25 on February 1, 2007. But with O'Neal returning from a knee injury and Pat Riley from a hip replacement, the Heat seemed poised to surge into the second half of the season. But in 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 ultimately had to be assisted off the court in a wheelchair. In the wake of the injury, he was left to decide between two options: to undergo physical therapy to rehabilitate or season-ending surgery to fix his shoulder. Wade eventually announced that he would put off the surgery and instead rehabilitate his shoulder in hopes of rejoining his team in time for the postseason. After missing 23 games to recover, Wade returned to the active roster in a contest versus the Charlotte Bobcats. Sporting a black sleeve to protect his dislocated shoulder, Wade played 27 minutes and notched 12 points and 8 assists in the 111–103 overtime loss. For the season, Wade would average 27.4 points, 7.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game while shooting 50% from the field; further, he finished the season as the NBA's leader in player efficiency rating (PER).
Some four years after his last collegiate contest, Marquette formally retired his jersey at the halftime of a game against the Providence Friars on February 3, 2007. The university that ordinarily requires student-athletes to have graduated for jersey retirement made an exception for Wade because of his tremendous accomplishments since leaving the school; also, since the work ethic and dedication he showed while there, for which it is reasonable to assume that he would have graduated had he but stayed for his final year.
After missing the Tournament of Americas' Olympic Qualifiers as well as all of Miami's eight pre-season contests and the first seven of its regular season games to recover from knee and shoulder surgeries, Wade made his first appearance in the 2007–08 season on November 14, 2007. Despite battling pain in his injured knee throughout the season, Wade was elected to his fourth consecutive All-Star Game appearance. However, with the Heat holding the worst record in the NBA at that time and Wade still experiencing problems in his knee, head coach Riley announced to the press that Wade would sit out the final twenty-one games of the season to undergo long overdue OssaTron treatment for his injury. Wade averaged 24.6 points, 6.9 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game for the season.
In September 2009, Wade donated money from his foundation to keep the Robbins, Illinois public library from having to shut down. He handed the library director Priscilla Coatney a $25,000 check in order to resurrect the building, which brought Coatney to tears. He called the donation a "small contribution", and reminisced about the difficult experiences he faced as a child, stating that he sometimes did not know how he would find his next meal. In January 2010, Wade and Alonzo Mourning co-founded The Athletes Relief Fund for Haiti", which raised money to help the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. In the three days since the fund began soliciting donations from athletes, Wade announced that the "Athletes Relief Fund for Haiti" had already raised over $800,000. Wade stated, "I expected nothing less from my friends and colleagues in the sports community, our commitment to this cause knows no bounds, and we will continue to accept any and all donations throughout the days ahead." Wade is also an avid supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and has served as an Ambassador for their Hoops for St. Jude basketball initiative.
On February 26, 2012, at the All-Star Game Wade recorded what was only the third triple-double in the history of the contest, posting 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, joining Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the only players ever to record the prestigious stat (at the 1997 and 2011 games respectively). On March 10, 2012, Wade made the game-winning shot against the Indiana Pacers, giving the Heat a 93–91 overtime win. Wade finished the season averaging 22.1 points, 4.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game. In the playoffs, the Heat defeated the New York Knicks in 5 games in the first round, then defeated the Indiana Pacers in six games in the second round. Wade heated up in Game Six of the second round, recording 41 points and 10 rebounds. The Celtics took the Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals, but the Heat prevailed and advanced to the NBA Finals. They lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game One of the Finals but won the next four games, and Wade secured his second NBA title. Wade averaged 22.6 points per game in the series. The Heat became the first team in NBA history to win a championship after trailing in three different playoff series.
Before the start of the 2012–13 season, Wade underwent surgery due to a left knee injury. He missed the 2012 Summer Olympics. While Wade missed the Heat's first pre-season game against the Atlanta Hawks, he returned in time for the Heat's second pre-season game against the Los Angeles Clippers, which was held at the MasterCard Center in Beijing, China. Miami won the game 94–80. On December 26, 2012, during an away game against the Charlotte Bobcats, Wade kicked guard Ramon Sessions in the groin. The following day, Wade was suspended by the NBA for one game. Wade finished the 2012–2013 season with averages of 21.2 points, 5 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game.
On June 28, 2014, Wade and teammates James and Bosh all opted out of their contracts in order to cut costs with the intention of all re-signing. James announced on his website on July 11 that he was returning to Cleveland after four successful seasons with Wade in Miami. Four days later, Wade re-signed with the Heat and was later joined by a returning Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Chris Andersen and Mario Chalmers as well as former rivals Danny Granger and Luol Deng.
On June 29, 2015, Wade opted out of his contract with the Heat to become a free agent. On July 10, 2015, he re-signed with the Heat once again to a one-year, $20 million contract. Wade hit just seven shots from beyond the arc during the entire 2015–16 regular season. However, the 2016 postseason saw a change in Wade's play. He converted on his first seven three-point shot attempts before missing his first one during a Game 3 loss to the Toronto Raptors in the Conference Semifinals. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Wade had never made more than five three-pointers in a row during his career.
In July 2016, Wade joined his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls, on a two-year deal worth approximately $47 million. Initially, the Heat offered a two-year, $20 million contract, before increasing it to a two-year, $40 million offer, both of which Wade felt were unacceptable. The relationship ended on bad terms with Wade, team president Pat Riley and the Heat squabbling over his contract. Wade balked at the Heat's offer as he was seeking more money and another year, but the Heat did not increase its offer, leading to Wade looking at alternative options.
Wade teamed-up with Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo in Chicago, with the trio being coined the "Three Alphas". In January 2017, the trio were all fined for criticizing their young teammates' effort, and in March 2017, Wade sustained a fractured elbow. Wade returned in time for the playoffs, but the Bulls were defeated 4–2 by the Boston Celtics in the first round despite going up 2–0 in the series. The chemistry of the team, which was one of the biggest question marks for the Bulls all season, was strong over the first two games, but dwindled over the final four games after Rondo missed all four with an injury.
On September 24, 2017, three months after trading Butler and waiving Rondo, the Bulls reached an agreement on a buyout with Wade. Three days later, Wade signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wade took a chance at teaming up with LeBron James once again, but the union took a turn for the worse almost immediately, with Wade balking at coach Tyronn Lue's plan to bring him off the bench. Wade started for the Cavaliers in the first three games of the season but struggled mightily, shooting 7-for-25 from the field. After a blowout loss to the Orlando Magic in the third game, Wade volunteered to demote himself to a bench role for the betterment of the team. Wade eventually took to the bench role and became the leader of the second unit.
On February 8, 2018, at the NBA trade deadline, the Cavaliers committed to a massive overhaul of their roster. After acquiring guards Jordan Clarkson, George Hill and Rodney Hood, combined with the youth movement of Cedi Osman, it was made clear to Wade that his role with the Cavaliers would be reduced. Cleveland wanted to "do right" by Wade, and as such, Wade was traded back to the Miami Heat in exchange for a protected 2024 second-round draft pick. At the funeral of Wade's long-time agent Henry Thomas in January 2018, Wade mended relations with Heat president Pat Riley; less than two weeks later, Wade found himself back in Miami. Wade fully believed for many months that he would eventually return to the Heat, though he figured it would happen in a free-agent deal in the summer of 2018. On February 9, in his return game for the Heat, Wade was introduced with a standing ovation from the crowd and came off the bench to score three points on 1-of-6 shooting with two assists, one rebound, a key late block, and four turnovers in 22 minutes of play in a 91–85 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. On February 27, Wade scored a season-high 27 points, the last of those coming on a jumper that gave Miami its only lead of the fourth quarter with 5.9 seconds left, as the Heat rallied to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 102–101. Wade had 15 of his points in the fourth quarter. On April 3, in a 101–98 win over the Atlanta Hawks, Wade reached 5,000 assists in a Heat uniform, becoming the ninth player to score 20,000 points and collect 5,000 assists with one team, joining Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Larry Bird, John Havlicek, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West. On April 16, Wade scored 28 points to end the 76ers' 17-game winning streak and lead the Heat to a 113–103 Game Two win over Philadelphia and even the first-round playoff series. He passed Larry Bird for 10th on the NBA's career postseason scoring list. The Heat lost the series in five games.
In 2019, Wade appeared as a guest judge on season 14 of America's Got Talent alongside wife Gabrielle Union.
In the off-season, Wade announced his intentions to retire after the 2018–19 season, re-signing with the Heat for one final season on September 18. He missed seven games in mid-November due to the birth of his daughter. On November 25, in a 125–115 loss to the Toronto Raptors, Wade scored a season-high 35 points, the most ever by a Miami bench player. On December 9, he scored 25 points in his 1,000th career game, leading the Heat to a 121–98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. On January 6, 2019, Wade became the third player in NBA history to record at least 20,000 points, 5,000 assists, 4,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals, 800 blocks and 500 three-pointers, while the Heat lost 106–82 to the Atlanta Hawks. In recognition of his All-Star career, Wade was named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver as a special roster addition for the 2019 All-Star game, thus marking his 13th All-Star appearance. Wade had received the second-most fan votes for guards in the Eastern Conference. On April 9, Wade played his last home game in Miami, scoring 30 points in the Heat's 122–99 win against the 76ers. In his final game the following night, Wade recorded his fifth career triple-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in a 113–94 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.