‘D-Wade-Ish’- Former NBA Champion Believes Donovan Mitchell is the Modern Day Dwyane Wade

Published 12/29/2020, 1:00 AM EST
Dec 12, 2020; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) prepares for their game against the Phoenix Suns at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports


Donovan Mitchell is pegged as one of the next big superstars in the NBA. ‘Spida’ Mitchell became a first-time all-star last season and was rewarded with a max contract extension. He is expected to take the next step to stardom alongside teammate Rudy Gobert. Hopefully, the Jazz can make a deeper playoff push this season.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Former NBA Champion and current ESPN Analyst Kendrick Perkins told Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson that Mitchell is the modern-day Dwyane Wade.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

KP said, “The way he moves through the lane, how crafty he is even with the walk with the shoulders & all. It’s something about his whole swag it’s D-Wade-ish. When you look at D-Wade when he first came in, he was dunking everything, he was super athletic. That’s who Donovan Mitchell is. Chase down blocks & all that? Yeah. He IS the modern-day D-Wade.”

Donovan Mitchell: Can he live up to this comparison?

Dwyane Wade is arguably a top-three shooting guard of all time. While Mitchell is progressing well in his young career, that may be a very high expectation of him. From what he has done up until now in his career, we could see him ascend to that level.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Dec 26, 2020; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) drives to the hoop past Minnesota Timberwolves guard R (11) in the fourth quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

However, his Jazz team isn’t winning like D-Wade’s Heat did. Wade became a Finals MVP by his fourth season, which Mitchell is far off. But in all fairness, Mitchell did have a sensational playoff run last season. However, his Jazz team ended up blowing a 3-1 lead to the Denver Nuggets and were eliminated.

Mitchell’s skill-set has similarities to Wade’s. Wade was a super athletic slasher like Mitchell is. While Mitchell is arguably a better shooter than Wade was, he cannot defend as Wade did. However, he is getting there with improvements in that department.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

This is a very tall expectation that KP has put on Mitchell. But it isn’t like Spida to shy away from a challenge. Let’s see if Mitchell can actually live up to it.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Ishaan Bhattacharya

1510 articles

Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT