From Dallas To Springfield: The True Meaning Behind Wade's All-Star Game MVP

Michael SchwarzbaumContributor IIFebruary 15, 2010

59 NBA All-Star games.  63 players have been awarded the All-Star Game MVP.

Out of those 63 MVP awards, only six have been awarded to people who have not been, or are not expected to make the Hall of Fame.

  1. Adrian Smith (1966)
  2. Randy Smith (1978)
  3. Ralph Sampson (1985)
  4. Tom Chambers (1987)
  5. Mitch Richmond (1995)
  6. Glen Rice (1997)

That is 90.5 percent of All-Star Game MVP's who will be or are already in the Hall of Fame.

Many people have said recently, with the Pro Bowl about two weeks ago and the NBA's All-Star game happening yesterday, that the All-Star game does not matter.

But the game seems more prophetic than entertaining.

It's hard to say why this statistic is the way it is.  But logic will dictate that the ability to rise above 23 other players, and shine the brightest, is often only reserved for those that will achieve basketball immortality: Springfield, Massachusetts.

Dwyane Wade has done it.  He has taken the next step in his career.

What else needs to be done besides the real MVP trophy.

He is a(n):

  • NBA Champion (2006)
  • NBA Finals MVP (2006)
  • All-Star Game MVP (2010)
  • Scoring Champion (2009)
  • Member of the All-NBA First-Team (2009)
  • People's Magazine 50 Most Beautiful People (2005)
  • Gold Medal in the Olympics (2008)
  • ESPY for the NBA's Best Player (2006)

Among others: He has the two weirdest names for his kids (Zaire Blessing Dwyane Wade and Zion Malachi Airamis Wade)

There is not much else Wade can do, besides continuing what he had done for his whole career.  No more, no less.  It's his teammates that must step up.

He has had many posterizing dunks in his career.  He has his many game-winning shots in his career .

Wade's career will continue like the careers of the many that came before him; an All-Star game MVP and a ticket to the Hall of Fame.

On Sunday night Wade joined the elites of NBA history. 

It wasn't his first time, and it for sure won't be his last.

Long Live Wade