After a historic 15-season career, three-time NBA Champion Dwyane Wade has officially been inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2023. Wade won his first NBA Finals in 2006 with Shaquille O’Neal, winning Finals MVP at only 24 years old. From that point forward, it was clear that D. Wade was going to etch his place in NBA history.
Wade was one of the most creative, intelligent, and dominant shooting guards of his generation. As we celebrate the nearly infinite accolades of Miami’s greatest drafted talent ever, his impact beyond South Beach is worth exploring.
Many Cavaliers fans likely remember Wade as LeBron James’ close friend who helped recruit him to Miami in 2010. During LeBron’s four-year tenure in Miami, Wade was a type of villain in the eyes of Ohio sports fandoms. Many fans may remember Cleveland’s love for the Dallas Mavericks in their 2011 Finals victory against Miami, nicknaming fellow 2023 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Dirk Nowitzki’s squad the Dallas “Mavaliers.”
In LeBron’s second stint with the Cavaliers, however, Dwyane Wade came to Cleveland after leaving the Miami Heat for the Chicago Bulls a year earlier. He did not play for very long with the Cavaliers, as Wade only played 46 games in Cleveland, before he was traded back to Miami at the 2018 NBA trade deadline in a symbolic return to the Heat for a storybook ending to a historic career.
Though Wade hardly spent any significant time in Cleveland, his value to Cleveland sports goes beyond his stats while in a wine and gold jersey.
Here, let’s take a glance back at Wade’s impact with the Cavs, and then look into what he means for one of their best current players.