Basketball fans or non-basketball fans, very few groups would say they are unfamiliar with the Miami Heat legend. If you do not know him from his exploits as a basketball player, you would as the husband of popular actress, Gabrielle Union. The three-time NBA champion, 12-time NBA All-Star is one of the best talents in the history of the NBA. Dwyane Wade has played across 17 seasons in the big league, spending 15 of them with the Miami Heat, and one season each at the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2018/2019, he returned to play one last season for the Heat before retirement. The Miami legend is the all-time leader for the Miami Heat in points, games, assists and steals, shots made and shots taken. He won the team its first NBA Championship in franchise history and went on to win two more with the team.
Wade, born on January 17, 1982, started his journey to the NBA at Marquette Golden Eagles, the basketball team for Marquette University. He spent two seasons in college, averaging 19.7 points from 65 games. He was drafted with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by Miami where he spent the majority of his career. He won his first team honors in his third season with the Heat, winning the Finals MVP in the process.
Wade who is also known for his efforts in philanthropy, founded The Wade’s World Foundation in 2003. The foundation takes care of issues concerning education, health, and social skills for children, especially those in risky situations. Wade’s active philanthropy has seen him donate millions to various causes, including to keep the Robbins, Illinois public library from getting closed down. He was a leading charge, along with Alonzo Mourning for the Athletes Relief Fund for Haiti after the aftermaths of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, raising over $800,000. He has also served as an ambassador for St Jude’s Children Research Hospital.
Dwyane Wade, whose mother struggled with drug addiction while he was growing up is a devout Christian. Wade’s trademark jersey number 3, was chosen as a representation of the Holy Trinity. He also regularly tithes his salary to a church in Chicago.
Dwyane Wade, having spent over 16 years in the NBA, has extensive numbers on his record. The superstar has played 982 games, starting an impressive 907 games, he averages 22.5 points per game, 4.6 assists, 2.5 steals, and 3.7 assists per game from an average minute of 34.5 minutes per game. Over the course of his career, he has won the NBA Championship three times, winning it back-to-back in 2012/2013, voted NBA All-Star 12 times, Gold medal with Team USA in the 2008 Summer Olympics and would end his career with the Heat as the leading player in points and assists.
Dwyane Wade – Wife, Gabrielle Union, And Kids
Dwyane Wade is currently married to Hollywood actress, Gabrielle Union. The couple has been married since 2014 and currently do not share children of their own but have kids from Wade’s previous relationships. Wade used to be married to his high school sweetheart, Siohvanghn Wade. They were in a relationship from 1992-2010. The two had two children, Zaire Blessing Dwyane, and Zion Malachi Airamis. Wade further had a child from a short relationship with Aja Metoyer in 2011. She gave birth to Wade’s third child, Xavier Zachariah Wade on November 10, 2013.
What’s Dwyane Wade’s Net Worth?
Dwyane is worth $31.8 million, according to a Forbes estimate. The 12-time NBA All-Star has basketball as his primary source of wealth, with endorsements and certain investments, such as a clothing line to further enlarge his fortune. He has also signed endorsements with a few brands, including his biggest with Chinese entity, Li-Ning where he is not only guaranteed millions per year but also has an equity stake in the company.
Dwyane Wade stands at 6 feet 4 inches in height, weighing 220 pounds [100 kg]. The Miami shooting guard is known for his ability to use his body against big defenders when driving towards the rim for a lay-up. Wade has a muscular body, dark brown eyes and a distinctive smile that would almost make you forget how much of an assassin he is on the court.