I would say being elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame is one of the greatest honors not just in sports but in life as a whole. This year’s class is absolutely amazing:
“Former NBA stars Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol and Tony Parker have each been elected to this year’s HOF class, along with former WNBA star Becky Hammon and longtime NBA coach Gregg Popovich.”
Did you know Dwyane Wade played for the Cleveland Cavaliers?
Well, 46 of his 1054 total games were in a Cleveland uniform. Those came in the 2017-18 season. The idea was he would come to Cleveland with his buddy LeBron James and try and help the Cavs win ANOTHER title.
Well, it was a bit of a swing and a miss. At the deadline, the Cavaliers traded Wade back at the deadline to the Miami Heat in exchange for a protected 2024 second-round draft pick. Wade actually didn’t want to be traded or request to be traded away from the Cavs. He wanted to get a shot at winning it all again.
Via BR “That’s why I signed there in the first place. If I had known [the trade] was gonna happen, I wouldn’t have signed there. It’s gonna be an item on my resume that’s hard to understand, but it happened. I know I filled my role while I was there, as a veteran and a leader. At least I can say I made some really cool relationships with the people who were there.
In the 46 games with the Cavs, Wade averaged 11.2 points per game on 45.5% shooting, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists. The Wine & Gold did make it to The Finals but got swept by the Warriors. Once Kevin Durant made them a super-duper team, there was no chance.
Wade also played the ’16-17 season with the Chicago Bulls.
The 6’4 shooting guard out of Marquette was selected by the Miami Heat as the number five overall pick. For his career of 16 seasons, he averaged 22 points on 48% shooting, 4.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists.
I actually hated D-Wade and it’s of course because LeBron left Cleveland to go play with his buddy in Miami back in 2010. They formed a big three with LeBron, Wade and Chris Bosh.
Don’t worry. I called Dwyane and we are cool now.
Congratulations on an incredible career. Certainly deserves to be in the Basketball Hall of Fame and it’s just a bit of disappointment things didn’t work out in Cleveland.