Dwyane Wade was finally inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame recently. This is an honor that he thoroughly deserves. Wade is the greatest player in Heat franchise history. Also, the Damian Lillard trade saga continues to drag on. Without further ado, let’s discuss all of this.
Heat Off-Season Companion Part 8: Wade Is Now a Hall-of-Famer
Dwyane Wade started his NBA career in 2003 as part of the historically great 2003 NBA Draft class. Wade is mostly remembered for his time with the Miami Heat. He did play for the Cavaliers and Bulls, as well. However, Wade’s time in Chicago is significant because Jimmy Butler joined the Heat via trade shortly after that season.
As everyone knows, Wade is a three-time NBA champion. His performance in the 2006 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks is still well-remembered to this day. Wade’s averages of 34.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 3.8 assists in that series remain impressive even from a modern view of the NBA Finals. Despite Dirk Nowitzki’s greatness, the Mavericks could not stop Wade and eventually lost the 2006 Finals in six games.
Dwyane Wade’s return to the Miami Heat in 2018 is one of the feel-good moments in modern NBA basketball. After returning to Miami midway through the 2017-18 season, Wade hit a game-winner in Game 2 of Heat’s first-round playoff series loss against the Philadelphia 76ers. Unfortunately, the Heat regressed in the 2018-19 season and missed the playoffs.
Regardless of that fact, Wade made a crazy game-winner and had a triple-double that season. His triple-double against the Nets in Brooklyn eased the pain of the Heat missing the 2019 playoffs somewhat.
To sum it up, Wade is the greatest Heat player ever at this point, despite LeBron James’ four fantastic seasons in Miami. Wade is more beloved than James among Heat fans. This is largely because of how James left the Heat in 2014. Dwyane Wade is a deserving first-ballot entry into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Damian Lillard Trade Saga Drags On
Unfortunately, there are no updates on the Damian Lillard trade saga. It is frustrating that the Portland Trailblazers are being uncooperative in this process. However, betting that Lillard will be a member of the Miami Heat eventually is still reasonable.
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