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Dwyane Wade, or "Three," as he says he would now like to be called, was the only possible choice for the top player in Heat history.
The reasoning is simple: Wade has, undoubtedly, been the most significant player, as far as influence goes, in Heat history.
Without Wade, Miami could very well be still looking for its first championship.
Without Wade, LeBron James never comes to Miami.
Wade was overlooked by talent evaluators dating back to his college recruitment, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming one of the greatest shooting guards to ever play the game.
It hasn't stopped him from becoming one of the most beloved figures in South Florida sports history.
Wade's 16,453 points are the most in franchise history, as are his 4,049 assists, 1,183 steals, 5,861 field goals, 4,390 free throws, 24.8 points per game and 1.8 steals per game. Wade also holds the season records for points per game (30.2), steals (2.2), points (2,386), steals (173), field goals (854) and free throws (629).
On top of that, Wade owns the Heat's records for free throws in a game (23), points in a playoff game (46), assists in a playoff game (15) and free throws in a playoff game (21).
If you weren't counting, that's a total of 17 franchise records in Wade's name.
And don't forget about his nine All-Star appearances, All-Star game MVP, two NBA skills challenge titles, NBA scoring title, two All-NBA First-Team appearances, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award, Sporting News Sportsman of the Year award, three NBA titles and one NBA Finals MVP award.
In a nutshell, the Miami Heat organization was forever changed when it called the name of Dwyane Wade with the fifth overall pick of the 2003 NBA draft.
That's why Wade sits at the top of the best players in Heat franchise history.