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Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 at 2:00 pm  |  16 responses

Dwyane Wade’s Best Moments

On his 30th birthday, we celebrate Flash with a gallery of highlights.

by Eldon Khorshidi / @eldonadam

Coming out of Harold L. Richards High School (IL) in 2000, Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. was an unknown to the outside world. Unknown by coaches, scouts, analysts, fans and everyone in between. The lanky 6-4 guard was under-recruited and overlooked. To virtually everybody, Dwyane Wade was a nobody.

Fast forward 12 years, and you get this:

—NBA Champion

—Finals MVP

—7-time All-Star

—Scoring Champion

—All-Star Game MVP

—Consensus Top-5 player in the world

Huh?

After being ruled ineligible his freshman year at Marquette University, Wade took the college landscape by storm with a 53-13 combined record in his sophomore and junior campaigns, capped off with a Final Four run in the 2003 NCAA Tournament. Soon after, the Miami Heat selected Wade with the 5th pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, and have reaped the benefits ever since.

Since his NBA inception, Dwyane Wade aka DWade aka Flash has been one of the most exciting, competitive and crowd-pleasing players in the NBA. His uncanny blend of quickness (with the rock in hand, he changes direction faster than anyone in the League, maybe save for DRose), versatility (a guard who excels on the wing and the block), unselfishness and fearlessness have made Wade an icon, on and off the basketball court. Time and time again, Flash has displayed that he’s got it; when his team needs a bucket, he will deliver. His innate ability to come through in the clutch coupled with his determination to win propelled him to an NBA title in only his third season—as he became the fifth youngest Finals MVP in League history—and an Olympic gold medal soon after.

Currently, DWade is nursing a leg injury that will keep him out for tonight’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. But today is not about the present. Today is about reflecting, and to celebrate Wade’s 30th birthday, we’ve compiled 25 of his best moments to date. There’s some dunks, assists, blocks, vintage high school and college tape and, of course, clutch moments. So roll through the gallery above for the ultimate DWade tribute. Feel better and happy born day, Dwyane!

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  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    I really dislike the myth that Wade was an unknown coming out of high school.
    You could make the case he was an unknown prior to his senior year, but he blew up that year starting in the summer playing for the AAU team Illinois Warriors and then averaging 27 and 11 as a senior.
    He was rated a top 50 player in the country by most analysts.
    If anything, he got more respect outside of his own state than he did in Illinois, where he was rated 7th in the state by Illinois journalists.
    He was on most Division I coaches’ radar, the problem was his test scores.
    All the schools were scared away because they thought he wouldn’t make it academically as well, but Marquette took a chance on him.
    If he had his grades in order though, he would’ve gotten a lot more scholarship offers.
    Sitting out his freshman year due to academic issues and then going out and balling out of control his sophomore and junior years at Marquette gave the impression that he came out of nowhere, but that wasn’t the case.
    Dope highlights tho.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Number 7 was one of the best plays I’ve ever seen. That was when I was like he should get the MVP because he was playing out of his mind from february till the end of the season in 09..

  • ouzzle

    wheres the crossover on eric snow????????????????????????????????

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Damn. I would have bet money that Laettner was looooong outta the L by the time DWade hit the NBA.

    LJ’s Rebels/Alonzo’s Hoyas/Mashburn’s Wildcats/Webber’s Fab5. Laettner’s Duke squad took out some of my favorite college teams/players of all time!

  • LA Huey

    I like that Enigmatic is a WikiChicagoHoops. Always appreciated.

  • wiltmj23

    LEGEND

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    You forgot “olympic champion.” Somehow one of the most underrated players in the history of the game. Sure, he doesn’t really have a dependable jumper, but he’s still a great scorer and really, what else can he not do? In my opinion the third-best SG of all time.

  • http://www.nbadraft.net Showtime

    2nd favorite player of all time for me 1.AA) Jordan 1.B) AI 2. Dwade. his crossover in 08 or 09 was insane back then.^ second what Dagger statement

  • Cox

    Missed so many. His dunk against Mavs his rookie year @ home – 1st ESPN game.
    in the playoffs 2006, when he stole the ball, dribbled behind his back around a defender, tightroped the sideline and threw a half court lob to Shaq. top 3 easy.
    What about the rejection, steal and half court shot at the halftime buzzer on TNT with Agassi sitting courtside?!?!?
    Dunk on Jermaine O’Neil, game winner vs. Hornets his rookie season.

  • http://slamonline.com Eldon Khorshidi

    @ouzzle I had to make a cut somewhere, and unfortunately (for all of us) a lot of plays—including the Snow crossover—didn’t make it. @Dagger just revised and added Olympics, good looks, that shouldn’t have slipped. @Cox Didn’t want to make this a never-ending list. To your points: rejection/steal wasn’t halftime, it was third quarter. already had a bunch of half/full court shots. Already had one of J O’Neal, didn’t need the one w/ Raptors. And have the most important Hornets buzzer beater…. the list was created by me and you’re entitled to your opinion, but I didn’t “miss” any of the ones you mentioned.

  • http://tempdog1 Tempest

    The ultimate slasher! DWade’s my favourite baller always has been & always will be

  • Dr. DL

    My favorite play of his was the one where he put the ball around Pavlovic’s back on a full-speed break, tiptoed the sideline as he slipped around Sasha on the opposite side from the ball, and then threw the lob to Shaq for a big finish (probably one of the last highlights of Shaq’s career to involve him running the floor, too)

  • Ugly_fish

    His face got really fat…

  • SCOTTY D

    Fave D Wade moment has to be him punking Cam Newton with the superman move : http://ow.ly/8y1Zj ….pretty epic

  • MrAir239

    I love D-wade! Favorite player since I found out bout him in ’04. In my eyes, D-Wade is a little better than Kobe bcuz he can not only created shots for himself but for his team mates. I’m not talking only about LeBron and Bosh and current Heat team but even back with Gary, J-Will, Walker, Shaq, and even the years after that before LeBron w/ Dorell, Damon James, Beasley, and Jermaine. Sickest crossovers since Iverson and Tim Hardaway, most efficient user of the euro-step, hops like Jordan, speed and quickness, IQ, and of course his clutch factor.

  • MrAir239

    No hate on Kobe though. The dude is a living legend.

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