Dwyane Wade led the 2006 Miami roster to a NBA Championship with one of the (if not the most) dominant finals performances in NBA History. Down 0-2 to the Dallas Mavericks, Wade led a comeback for the record books.
With his team being written off and parade plans already being made for the Mavericks, Wade took the series into his hands and would never let go. For the series, Wade averaged 4.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.7 steals, good for a PER of 33.8, the highest PER in Finals history.
After the 2006 Finals win, Wade dealt with injuries and decimated rosters, putting faith into a plan that Riley presented him for the much anticipated 2010 free agent class. Wade was going to be the main ingredient for this monumental game changing plan Riley had, and all he had to do is be patient.
Patience is exactly what Wade showed, going through a couple of rough seasons with the highly unpredictable Michael Beasley and not much else surrounding him. Wade stuck to the script Riley handed him and convinced two of his close friends that they could form a dynasty in Miami.
As we know, the first year of the Big Three did not go as well as the team planned, with turbulence abound due to the actions and words that kept the Miami Heat in constant controversy and under constant scrutiny. While the team was only two games short of a world championship despite all these issues, one thing was abundantly clear: the Heat could not win with two alpha males in charge.
That’s why Wade, despite another brilliant Finals performance in 2011, decided that he needed to play second fiddle with Lebron becoming the go-to guy. Despite the Heat loss, Wade had a legitimate case for 2011 Finals MVP. He averaged 26.5-7-5 for the series and posted the eight best PER in Finals history, 30.2 for the series.
Another player in his shoes could have easily pointed to those numbers and said, “I am the better player. I’m clutch. I’m Flash, this is my team, and this other guy needs to take a back seat.”
Wade wanted nothing to do with that, realizing that Lebron had the potential to be one of the greatest players of all time, and decided it was best for the franchise (and for him) to allow Lebron to be Lebron.
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