Dwyane Wade and the Finals

Heat superstar shooting guard, Dwyane Wade has made the NBA Finals twice in his 8-year NBA career now. His first time in the finals, Wade was mighty impressive. Wade won the Finals for the Miami Heat that season and was named the NBA Finals MVP. In 2006, Wade led a group of over-the-hill Heat players to a championship against the Dallas Mavericks. In 2011, after dealing with some injuries and some lackluster rosters, (we’re looking at you Smush Parker), Wade made his return to the promised land, once again, against the Mavericks of Dallas. This time, he made it there with the help of some friends, Lebron James and Chris Bosh. The Heat were poised to win the championship again. Wade was once again very impressive until Game 6. In that game, Wade suffered a hip injury and did not look the same in the series again. Here is a look at Wade’s stats in those two series:

Player Year PPG RPG APG FG% PER
Dwyane Wade 2006 34.7 7.8 3.8 46.8 33.8
Dwyane Wade 2011 26.5 7.0 5.2 54.6 30.2

Impressive stats by a very impressive player. In fact, Wade has two of the top ten performances rated by PER in Finals history. Here is a look at that list performances since the merger go, from 1 to 50:

Name Team Year PPG RPG APG FG% PER
Dwyane Wade Mia 2006 34.7 7.8 3.8 46.8 33.8
Tim Duncan SA 2003 24.2 17.0 5.3 49.5 32.0
Michael Jordan Chi 1991 31.2 6.6 11.4 55.8 31.5
Shaquille O’Neal LAL 2002 36.3 12.3 3.8 59.5 31.4
Shaquille O’Neal LAL 2000 38.0 16.7 2.3 61.1 31.1
Michael Jordan Chi 1998 33.5 4.0 2.3 42.7 30.8
Tim Duncan SA 1999 27.4 14.0 2.4 53.7 30.7
Dwyane Wade Mia 2011 26.5 7.0 5.2 54.6 30.2
Michael Jordan Chi 1997 32.3 7.0 6.0 45.6 29.5
Shaquille O’Neal LAL 2001 33.0 15.8 4.8 57.3 29.4
Dwyane Wade joins a very impressive group that most around the NBA would call the elite and sure-fire Hall-of-Famers.
Wade may only be 1-1 in the Finals in his career, but his team can’t blame him for that one loss. He was as impressive as anyone in NBA history in that last Finals. With his current Miami Heat team, Wade will have plenty off opportunities to build those stats. Hopefully we can see improvement from his teammate Lebron James, or the Heat won’t be hosting any parades in Miami any time soon.

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