Career: Marquette (USA-NCAA, 2000-03), Miami Heat (USA-NBA, 2003-08)
Basketball fans everywhere have to be hoping that Dwyane Wade’s assorted injuries are behind him and he is once again full go. While the blessed U.S. guard appears back 100 percent, the world will wait and see if he is indeed back when he takes the court in Beijing. Limited because of injuries to 51 games in 2006-07 and 51 games again in 2007-08, there is no question he is among the world’s elite when 100 percent. Fans still marvel at the 39.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game he averaged during the 2006 NBA Finals as he led Miami to the NBA Championship. Despite the long NBA title run in ‘06, Wade joined the USA’s 2006 World Championship Team and posted a team second best and tournament seventh best 19.3 points a game. He also shot 57.6 percent from the field, while adding 3.1 rpg., 2.8 apg. and 1.6 spg. His explosive scoring abilities were underscored when he poured in 32 points against Argentina in the World Championship bronze medal game. Also a member of the USA’s 2004 Olympic Team, Wade joins USA teammates Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer and LeBron James who will be looking to improve upon the bronze medal they earned in 2004.