Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade felt like a “kid at a candy store” when he was elected the Basketball Hall of Fame (h/t Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Hopefully, he eats his heart out, as Wade deserves his Hall of Fame nomination as much as anybody.

The youngest generation of NBA fans may only remember or recognize Wade from the Heat's LeBron James Era. They may be surprised to know that Wade was so sensational early on that there was a legitimate debate about whether LeBron was the more dominant player.

An excellent athlete with a graceful eurostep, Wade was nearly automatic inside of the arc. Whether it was a dunk, a layup, a post fadeaway or a midrange jumper, he lit up the scoreboard night-in and night-out. Defensively, Wade was a menace, certainly capable of clamping his matchup. However, the most impressive aspect of his play on this end was his penchant for making blocks.

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In fact, Wade still holds the record for the most blocks by a guard in league history.

A player that stands at 6-foot-4, one cant help but be impressed.

As his body began to feel the toll of his rim attacks, Wade would focus on efficiency rather than highlight plays. Later in his career, he would play for the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers for season (or less) each before returning to the Heat to finish his storied career.

In 16 NBA seasons, Wade was a 13-time All-Star selection.

Leading the Heat to the 2006 NBA championship, he would make it to the NBA Finals four more times with Miami. Winning two of those matchups while teammates with LeBron James and Chris Bosh, he finished his career with three NBA championships and the 2006 Finals MVP award.