How Old Is Dwyane Wade?

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    Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat looks on in the first half while taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the 2012 NBA Finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena on June 14, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.How old is Dwyane Wade? Wade is 30 years old—young by most standards—but already, the Miami Heat baller has amassed a lifetime of accomplishments. Born Jan. 17, 1982, in Chicago, D-Wade has won two NBA titles and two Olympic medals—a bronze at the 2004 Athens Games and a gold four years later in Beijing. In 2006, Sports Illustrated named the 6-foot, 4-inch guard Sportsman of the Year, and in the 2008-09 season, he captured his first league scoring title. Wade is an eight-time NBA All-Star, and he took home MVP honors at the 2010 All-Star Game.

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    The 30-year-old Wade has long been a fan favorite, and during the 2011-12 season, his jersey was the sixth-most popular in terms of international sales, NBA.com reports. The only NBA superstars who moved more tank tops worldwide were Kobe Bryant (33 years old), Derrick Rose (23 years old), LeBron James (27 years old), Kevin Garnett (36 years old), and Dwight Howard (26 years old).

    Does the fact Wade is 30 years old mean Dwyane he’s past his prime? According to SBNation.com, the average age on the 2011 NBA All-Star team was 25.4 years old, so in that sense, D-Wade is an old-timer. Some have argued that the phenomenon of high school players forgoing college and entering the draft has made pro basketball a young man’s game, but the good news for Dwyane, who attended Marquette University for three seasons before declaring is eligibility, is that evidence suggests otherwise. Examining data stretching back to 1961, SBNation.com statisticians found that the four oldest teams picked in a random sampling won titles in 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011. Those numbers suggest that, “[I]f anything, it’s becoming an old man’s league,” according to the site.

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    At 30, Wade is at least as cool as LeBron James, and the proof comes via Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne track “Gotta Have it,” which mentions both NBA greats: “And last party we had, they shut down Prive/ (Ain’t that where the Heat play?)/ Yep (N—-s hate ballers these days)/ Ain’t that like LeBron James? (Ain’t that just like D-Wade).”

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