Dwyane Wade as “Flash” known was absolutely ridiculous in the 2008-2009 season, as it was one of the best seasons of his career. He was dropping 30-40 points on a nightly basis and was a menace on the defensive end. Wade was absolutely an MVP-caliber that year and many claimed he was robbed of an MVP.
After undergoing months of rehabilitation on his left knee and helping the U.S. Olympic team win a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics, in which he led the team in scoring, Wade returned to the starting lineup at the start of the 2008–09 season.
Early in the season, Wade became the second player in NBA history to tally at least 40 points, 10 assists, and five blocked shots in a game since Alvan Adams did so in the 1976–77 season. With a healthy Wade leading the league in scoring and the Heat making a push for a playoff position, Wade was elected to his fifth consecutive All-Star game appearance.
During the season, Wade became the first player in NBA history to accumulate at least 2,000 points, 500 assists, 100 steals, and 100 blocks in a season and is the first player of 6 ft. 5 in. or shorter to register at least 100 blocks in a season. After a 97–92 win against the Charlotte Bobcats, Wade helped the Heat clinch a playoff berth and become only the second team in NBA History to reach the postseason after winning 15 or fewer games the year before.
Although Dwyane Wade put up incredible numbers that season, LeBron James, historically, had one of the best seasons in NBA history and would go on to win the MVP. The two players who would become a dynamic duo a few years later and win 2 championships together.