- Dwyane Wade is officially set to join the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2023
- The Miami Heat legend is regarded as one of the best guards of all time
- He won three titles with the Heat
- He will be joined by Dirk Nowitzki, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, Spurs guard Tony Parker and Lakers center Pau Gasol.
Miami Heat icon Dwyane Wade has officially been selected for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Enshrinement will follow in August. 12 in Springfield, Massachusets.
The announcement was made on Saturday morning, April 1st at the NCAA Final Four. The legendary shooting guard will be joined by Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, Spurs guard Tony Parker and Lakers center Pau Gasol.
The 2023 class is one of the most star-studded inductions in recent years, rivaling the 2020 inductions of Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, and, posthumously, Kobe Bryant, per Sun Sentinel.
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Wade's journey to the HOF
The 41-year-old was drafted No. 5 overall in the 2003 NBA Draft out of Marquette. He is regarded as one of the best shooting guards of all time.
He is arguably the best Heat player of all time. He is the franchise leader in points and led them to their first-ever title in 2006. He won two more rings alongside LeBron James and Chris Bosh, per SI.
He retired in 2019 after a hugely successful career. He spent all but 18 months with the Heat. He briefly played for the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“This,” Wade said, “is basketball heaven. To be able to end your career and say that you’re going to basketball heaven, that’s what movies are made of, that’s what books are written about.”
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LeBron's message to Wade
Sports Brief earlier reported on LeBron sending a message to his close friend Dwyane Wade, who was nominated to the 2023 Hall of Fame class.
The Lakers superstar said his former Miami Heat teammate deserved the accolade, as he sent his congratulations.
Wade and James won two NBA titles together in Miami, but the Heat icon retired at the end of the 2018/19 season.