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How Many Times has Dwayne Wade Changed Teams in His NBA Career?



Dwayne Wade

Dwayne Tyrone Wade Jr is a former shooting Guard in the NBA. In his 16 year career, he spent most of his time with the Miami Heat. He has three NBA championships and was a 13 time NBA All-Star. Dwayne Wade is the all-time leader for Miami in points, steals, games, assists, shots made and taken. After his retirement in 2019, Dwayne Wade decided to purchase a minority ownership stake in Utah Jazz.

This goes way beyond the dream I had to just play basketball in the NBA. I’ve seen Shaq do it in Sacramento. I’ve seen Grant Hill do it in Atlanta. I’ve seen Jordan do it in Charlotte. If this partnership is going to be anything like my relationship is with Ryan, there are going to be a lot of things that I’ll want to be involved in.

Unfortunately, people in my community don’t get this opportunity, and I do not take it lightly to have this opportunity. To make real change, this is where you have to be — at the top — and Ryan knows that. I’m thankful for him, and I know too that I bring a lot to this partnership outside of just my basketball knowledge and skills

Throughout his NBA career, D-Wade has been a part of three franchises.

Miami Heat

The Miami Heat drafted Dwayne Wade as the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. Wade did not waste time in proving his worth. He managed to help the team reach the playoffs in his rookie season. The 2004-05 season saw Miami improve their record and they finished 59-23. In the playoffs, Dwayne averaged 26.3 points, 8.8 assists and 6 rebounds a night  In the second round he improved the stats and averaged 31 points. The Heat was eliminated in the Conference Finals by the Pistons.

The 2005-06 season marked the beginning of the Wade legacy. He finished the season averaging 27.2 points, 6.7 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game. In the first round of the playoffs, Wade played through injuries and helped them reach the Finals. The 2006 NBA finals saw Heat take on the Mavericks. Dwayne Wade put up 42, 35 and 43 points in games 3, 4 and 5 respectively. Wade helped the Heat overcome a 0-2 deficit and take the lead in the series. The Heat sealed the deal in game 6. Dwayne Wade took home his first NBA Finals MVP trophy.

Th 2006-07 season saw injuries haunt Dwayne Wade. Wade missed 31 regular-season games. He averaged 27.4 points that season and finished the season as the NBA PER leader. The playoffs were a disappointment for the defending champions.

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Back To Back Championships And Final Seasons At Miami Heat

2010-2014 saw the Big Three era for the Miami Heat as they went back to back. Dwayne Wade was joined by LeBron James and Chris Bosh. The heat finished with a 58-24 record in the first season of the big three era. D-Wade averaged 25.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. The first year did not bring the Miami Heat a ring.  the 2012 Playoffs and the 2013 playoffs saw the Miami Heat go back to back. The team was defeated by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals in five games.

Dwayne wade big three

In 2014, the Big three split. Dwayne Wade remained with the Heat. He did come back only to injure his hamstring again and miss the playoffs. In 2016 he left the Heat to play for his Hometown. Wade returned to play for Miami in 2018.  The Miami fans welcomed him back with a standing ovation. Post the 2018 season he announced that he intended to retire after the 2018-19 season. The Miami Heat retired Dwayne Wade’s Number 3 jersey in 2020.

Chicago Bulls And Cleveland Cavaliers

In 2016, Dwayne Wade played for the Chicago Bulls on a two-year deal. He joined the likes of Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo in Chicago. The Chicago Bulls made the playoffs, They were eliminated by the Celtics in round 1. 

In 2017, The Bulls traded Butler and Rondo. They reached an agreement to buy out Wade.  Dwayne Wade signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.  He took a bench role and became the leader of the second unit. Dwayne Wade did not have a successful run with the Cavaliers. He was traded back to the Miami Heat in 2018.

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