Dwyane Wade's Most Dominant NBA Finals Performances

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Dwyane Wade's Most Dominant NBA Finals Performances
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Usually when someone says a professional athlete is from another planet, it's done in an attempt to explain their elite set of physical gifts or jaw-dropping highlights.

Dwyane Wade has plenty of both, but he's reached otherworldly status for a different reason.

Whatever the circumstances might be, he never gets rattled.

He missed what should have been his freshman season at Marquette after being ruled academically ineligible, then resurfaced a year later to begin a two-year stint in which he averaged 19.7 points on 49.4 percent field-goal shooting and thrust himself onto the NBA landscape.

Wade joined a 25-win Miami Heat team in 2003, transformed it into a 42-win unit the following year, then carried the franchise to its first NBA title just two seasons later. He welcomed a pair of All-Stars to his organization in 2010, then carefully found his niche as a secondary scorer and creator and was rewarded with an All-NBA second-team selection that season.

While most of his teammates were celebrating closing in on their first title in 2012, Wade was mired in a bitter custody dispute with his ex-wife. Whatever was going on off the floor didn't affect his play on it, as he averaged 22.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks in Miami's five-game series win.

So it goes without saying that the bright lights of the NBA Finals don't bother the nine-time All-Star.

While he's preparing for his fourth championship series, there's no better time to look back at his most dominant performances on the game's grandest stage.

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