Wade has played for the Miami Heat, as a shooting guard, since 2003. He is a two-time NBA champion (2006 and 2012), both times with the Heat. In June 2012, Wade—along with power player LeBron James—helped the team to a 121-106 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder, in the fifth game of the NBA finals.
Dwyane Wade was born on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, to JoLinda and Dwyane Wade, Sr. In 1977, JoLinda, at the age of 18, already had two children. The family struggled financially, and it was around that time when Jolinda started dealing drugs. His mom was addicted to several substances including cigarettes, alcohol, heroin, and cocaine. A year later, Wade's father moved the family to Robbins, Illinois.
Wade chose to play college basketball for Tom Crean at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During Wade's freshman year at Marquette, he was ineligible to play with the men's team due to a violation of the NCAA's Proposition 48. Wade sought tutoring to improve his writing skills in order to regain eligibility. When Wade became eligible to play the following year (2001–2002), he led the Golden Eagles in scoring with 17.8 ppg, led the conference in steals at 2.47 per game, and accumulated averages of 6.6 rebounds per game and 3.4 assists per game. Marquette finished with a 26–7 record, the school's best record since the 1993–94 season.
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 is a devout Christian and chose the number 3 because it represents the Holy Trinity. He tithes 10% of his salary to a church in Chicago.
Wade is well known for his philanthropic involvement in various organizations. In 2003, he founded The Wade's World Foundation, which provides support to community-based organizations that promote education, health, and social skills for children in at-risk situations. He hosts a variety of community outreach programs in Chicago and South Florida. In 2008, he announced his partnership with former teammate Alonzo Mourning's charitable foundation and co-hosted ZO's Summer Groove, an annual summer event. On December 24, 2008, Wade purchased a new home for a South Florida woman whose nephew accidentally burned down the family home. In addition, Wade donated some furnishings, clothing, and gifts to the family for the holiday.