Bum knee to Legendary: Ranking all of Dwyane Wade’s NBA Finals performances

Jun 16, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) drives between San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and Tim Duncan (21) during the second quarter of game five in the 2013 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 16, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) drives between San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and Tim Duncan (21) during the second quarter of game five in the 2013 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports /
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Miami, UNITED STATES: Dwyane Wade (L) of the Miami Heat keeps Keith Van Horn of the Dallas Mavericks at bay during Game 3 of the NBA finals at American Airlines Arena in Miami 13 June 2006. The Mavericks hold a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP via Getty Images)
Miami, UNITED STATES: Dwyane Wade (L) of the Miami Heat keeps Keith Van Horn of the Dallas Mavericks at bay during Game 3 of the NBA finals at American Airlines Arena in Miami 13 June 2006. The Mavericks hold a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP via Getty Images) /

1. 2006 vs Dallas Mavericks

Stats: 34.7 PPG, 46.8 FG%, 7.8 REB, 3.8 AST, 2.7 STL, 1.0 BLK

The series Wade became “Flash” on a national level. This was one of the greatest Finals performances in NBA history, and Wade accomplished this at only 24 years old. The Heat had their back against the wall again and of course the third-year player out of Robbins, Illinois stepped up.

The 2006 Heat roster had many future Hall of Famers out of their primes. Shaquille O’Neal was still an All-NBA level player. Gary Payton and Alonzo Mourning were contributors but they weren’t in their 90s forms. It was amazing to watch these all-time player marvel at Wade’s finals performance.

In his first trip to the Finals, Wade was sensational averaging 34.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 3.8 assists. On his way to winning his first Finals MVP, Wade turned it up a notch after the Heat went down 2-0. Over the last four games (all Heat wins) Wade carved up the Mavericks dropping 39 points per game. He got to the free throw line 18.3 times per game in this monster stretch.

His free-throw attempts have long been debated. Some fans believe the refs were calling games to benefit Wade and the Heat. In reality, Wade is one of the best drivers this league has seen and Dallas had nobody that could stay in front him. The Mavericks were throwing out guys like Josh Howard, Devin Harris, Jerry Stackhouse and Jason Terry to guard Dwyane Wade. That plan was not going to work as Wade consistently got by them and got hacked at the rim.

Wade is the third-best shooting guard in NBA history and the kind of legendary player who consistently raised his game in the biggest moments. Facing several deficits in the Finals, his teams reigned victorious more times than not. He will rightfully be inducted as a first-ballot Hall of Famer this Saturday, Aug. 12.

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