Dwyane Wade: Hall of Famer’s unique impact on Cavaliers past and future

Dwyane Wade, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Dwyane Wade, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Donovan Mitchell (left), then of the Utah Jazz, and Dwyane Wade, then of the Miami Heat. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Dwyane Wade’s mentorship with Donovan Mitchell

After retiring from his playing days, Dwyane Wade became a minority owner in the Utah Jazz in 2021. As a member of the ownership group, Wade spent countless hours training Utah’s young star Donovan Mitchell.

Since Mitchell’s rookie season, he has been compared to Wade time and time again. Both guards have an elite offensive skill set and explosive defensive potential. Wade is debatably the league’s best shot blocking shooting guard. Mitchell has not been as dominant on defense, but his athletic capability is clear.

Mitchell, while happy to be compared to such a legend, wants to make his own path. This mentality is the exact type that gave Wade his legacy. Dwyane Wade solidfied himself not only as a tremendous scorer and passer, he has always been a leader and mentor.

Teaching Donovan Mitchell elevated his growth in the Association. Mitchell had the makings of a superstar from the moment he entered the NBA, but having the chance to learn from someone such as Wade has clearly given Mitchell an advantage that his counterparts did not have.

Mitchell’s path and career is his own, but his leadership and impact in Cleveland is his chance to put the lessons from Wade to use. The Cavaliers are a step below true contention, and Mitchell is capable of carrying the Cavs to that highest echelon.

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Any all-time player will impact the NBA well after their playing career ends. Dwyane Wade is no exception. From his leadership with LeBron and Bosh in Miami to his wisdom passed down to the next generation, Wade will be an unforgettable name in the NBA for decades to come.