By Karen Price | April 09, 2019, 6 p.m. (ET)

Dwyane Wade celebrates winning gold at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 on Aug. 24, 2008 in Beijing. 

 

When two-time Olympian Dwyane Wade retires at the end of this NBA season, he’ll leave behind a legacy few can match.

The 37-year-old guard has been a masterfully skilled scorer around the rim, a strong defender and shot blocker, and an eager teammate and leader with a knack for coming through in big games. Over his 16-year professional career Wade won multiple NBA championships and an Olympic gold medal.

Since he announced prior to the start of the 2018-19 NBA season that it would be his last, he’s been celebrated on virtually every floor onto which he’s stepped. With the Miami Heat, Wade is going out on his own terms and giving fans around the league the chance to see him one last time. It is, as he called it in his September retirement announcement, his One Last Dance.

Here, we take a look at Wade’s career by the numbers.


1
— Where Wade ranks on the Miami Heat’s list of all-time leaders in points, games, assists, steals, shots made and shots taken

2 — The number of Olympics Wade has participated in, as well as the number of medals he’s won. Wade and Team USA captured the gold medal at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and the bronze at the Athens 2004 Games following his rookie year in the NBA. He averaged 7.3 points per game in 2004 but more than doubled that to 16.0 points per game to lead the team in 2008.

3 — The number of NBA championships that Wade won with the Miami Heat. He won his first title in 2006 and was named the Finals MVP in part because of his 42 points and 13 rebounds in Game 3 and his 36 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in Game 6. He’d go on to win additional titles in 2012 and 2013 while also making it to the finals in 2011 and 2014.

3 — Also Wade’s number with the Heat. He picked it in large part of his admiration for Allen Iverson.

5 — Where Wade was drafted in 2003. The highly touted class of which he was a part and which produced nine All-Stars included LeBron James (first overall), Carmelo Anthony (3) and Chris Bosh (4). All four would end up playing together for Team USA at the Olympic Games, and both James and Bosh would later join Wade to win championships with the Heat.

9 — The number that Wade wore during the Olympic Games. It’s also the number he chose when he went to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017 because No. 3 was already in use.

9 — Also the number of players who’ve recorded 20,000 points and 5,000 assists with one team, including Wade

10 — Where Wade ranks all-time in playoff scoring in the NBA with 3,954 points

12 — All-League teams to which Wade has been named, starting with the All-Rookie Team in 2003-04. He was All-NBA First Team two times, All-NBA Second Team three times, All-NBA Third Team three times and All-Defensive Second Team three times.

13 — The number of times that Wade has been an NBA All-Star, including this year’s final appearance in the game celebrating the best the league has to offer. In 2010, he was named the All-Star Game MVP.

16 — NBA seasons Wade has played. He spent the first 13 with the Heat, then after brief stops in Chicago and Cleveland returned to the Heat via trade from the Cavaliers in February 2018.

21.5 — The number of points Wade averaged as a junior at Marquette. That year he was named Associated Press All-America First Team and helped Marquette win its first Conference USA championship. Most memorably, he scored 29 points and added 11 rebounds and 11 assists for the fourth triple-double in NCAA tournament history as Marquette upset No. 1 Kentucky 83-69 in the Elite Eight.

27 — The number of points Wade scored in the gold-medal game against Spain at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Wade led the team in scoring in the 118-107 victory.

30 — Where Wade ranks all-time in scoring in the NBA with 23,048 points (as of April 2). He’s also 42nd in assists (5,674).

30.2 — The league-leading number of points per game Wade averaged during the 2008-09 NBA season. That was the first and only season Wade captured the league scoring title, finishing with 2,386 points in 79 games played. He also became first player in NBA history to accumulate at least 2,000 points, 500 assists, 100 steals and 100 blocks in one season.

55 — Points scored in a 122-105 win over the New York Knicks on April 12, 2009. It was Wade’s highest-scoring game ever.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.