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Basketball star Dwyane Wade plays as a guard for the Miami Heat, with which he has won two NBA Championships, in 2006 and 2012.
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After taking the time to develop his skills even further, he emerged his sophomore year with an average of 17.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. The team's record that season was 26-7.
Wade's junior year, he led Marquette to the school's first Conference USA championship, and a return to the Final Four for the first time since 1977. He averaged 21.5 points per game, as the team's lead scorer. In the 2003 NCAA Midwest Regional Final,
Wade recorded the fourth triple-double in NCAA tournament history. His 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against the top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats were publicized by the national press. Wade was even chosen as the MVP of the Midwest Regional Final. Unfortunately, his success ended in the Final Four, with a 94-61 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks.
Due to his newfound fame and success, Wade decided to forgo his senior year and instead enter the 2003 NBA draft. He was selected by the Miami Heat, and was picked fifth overall. Wade's first year with the Heat, he averaged 16.2 points, 4.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game, and was a unanimous selection to the 2004 NBA All-Rookie team. After Shaquille O'Neal was traded to the Heat, Wade's numbers increased further, with a new average of 24.1 points and 6.8 assists per game. In the 2006, Wade gave an impressive performance in the NBA finals against the Dallas Mavericks. In the third game of the finals, he scored 42 points and made 13 rebounds, helping the Heat defeat the Mavericks for a close 98-96 win. His 36 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the sixth game earned him the honor of the NBA finals MVP.
After a series of operations to repair shoulder and knee injuries, Wade emerged for another strong season in 2008, arguably his best season ever with the Heat. Averaging 30.2 points per game, he earned his first NBA scoring title. In 2010, Wade became a free agent for the first time, but signed again with the Heat, joining new teammates Chris Bosh and LeBron James. The trio proved to be very strong during the 2010-11 season, and although the Miami Heat returned to the NBA finals again, the team lost in six games to the Dallas Mavericks.
In 2012, the Heat returned to the finals yet again, with a victory. They beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-106, in the fifth game of the series—Wade's second NBA Championship win, and the first for some of his teammates, including Chris Bosh and LeBron James.
Wade married his high school girlfriend, Siohvaughn Funches, with whom he has two sons, Zaire (born in 2001) and Zion (born in 2007). The couple divorced in 2007, and in 2011 Wade obtained full custody of both Zaire and Zion. Wade's upcoming memoir, A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball, documents his life as both a single dad and professional basketball player.
Wade is currently dating actress Gabrielle Union.
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