Dwyane Wade is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the NBA. Named the 2006 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated, Wade has established himself as one of the most well-known and popular players in the league. He had the top selling jersey in the NBA for nearly two years, as he led the NBA in jersey sales from the 2005 NBA Playoffs, until the midpoint of the 2006–07 season. His first name is pronounced /dwɛɪn/, the same as the more common spellings “Duane” and “Dwayne”.
After entering the league as the fifth pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, Dwyane Wade was named to the All-Rookie team and the All-Star team the following nine seasons. In his third season, Wade helped lead the Miami Heat to their first NBA championship in franchise history. He was named the 2006 NBA Finals MVP as he helped lead the Heat to a 4–2 series win over the Dallas Mavericks. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Wade led the United States men’s basketball team, commonly known as the “Redeem Team”, in scoring, as they captured gold medal honors in Beijing, China. In the 2008–09 season, Wade led the league in scoring and earned his first NBA scoring title. He was part of Miami’s second championship win in the 2012 NBA Finals, when Miami defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Dwyane 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.
Dwyane Wade 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.
How Dwyane Wade Made His Money – Basketball
Estimated Net Worth: $68 Million
Birthday: January 17, 1982