D-Wade named SI's Sportsman of the Year

Updated: December 4, 2006, 8:32 PM ET
Associated Press

 Dwyane Wade
NEW YORK -- Dwyane Wade is Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year, the fifth pro basketball player honored in the 52-year history of the award.

Wade, who led the Miami Heat to the NBA title and earned NBA finals MVP honors last season, will receive the award Dec. 14 in New York.

"Dwyane embodies that winning spirit by playing for his team, not himself, and by working in the community to ensure young people have the chance to realize their own dreams," SI group editor Terry McDonell said.

The two-time All-Star, who has averaged 22.9 points in his career, leads the Dwyane Wade Foundation. It promotes educational and athletic goals through mentoring.

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