Former Miami Heat guard and NBA legend Dwyane Wade has been named the winner for the Magic Johnson Award.
The Professional Basketball Writers Association stated that Wade is the winner of the annual award that “honors the player who best combines excellence on the basketball court with cooperation and dignity in dealing with the media and the public.” He competed for the award with Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards, Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors and Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic.
In his final season in the league, Wade averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game and also, according to the PBWA, “along with coach Erik Spoelstra and the Heat’s media relations staff helped build an atmosphere of mutual respect and openness with the working media.”
At the end of the season, Wade explained:
“Whether it’s me writing a book or trying to tell my truths, and I say my truths because there’s always three sides to everything, I always try to tell my truth, and I understand that no one’s perfect. I always tell my kids don’t even try to be perfect. The only way you learn is through mistakes and through trials and tribulations. I just try to be open to anybody who is a fan of mine or who will listen about life.
“Obviously, the life that I’ve been able to live is not real life in a sense. This little fake life in the NBA is something totally different, but I’ve been through real life situations and real life things. I like to express it. I like to share it because you never know what you’re saying and what you’ve been through, how it can help someone else. That’s what I’ve tried to do along the way.”
Wade is only the second player of the Heat to be awarded the Magic Johnson Award.