Wade, called Flash or D-Wade, endorses Converse shoes... He is off-court pals with fellow competitors LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, both of whom joined the NBA the same year Wade did... His first name is pronounced Dwayne.
After only three years in the NBA, guard Dwyane Wade led the Miami Heat to the 2006 championship and was drawing comparisons to basketball legend Michael Jordan. Wade grew up around Chicago, Illinois and was a stand-out player at Richards High School in Oak Lawn. Recruited by Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he was a star college player for two seasons before becoming the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. Wade, considered an undersized guard at 6 4, averaged 35 minutes and 16.2 points per game in his first season with the Heat. Since then -- and since Miami added center Shaquille ONeal -- Wade has emerged as one of the leagues best players, a fearless competitor whose speed and athleticism offset what critics call an unreliable mid-range shot. He has been an All-Star twice, played for the U.S. team in the 2004 Olympics and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 Finals.