‘Very Possible’: LeBron James Votes Utah Jazz’ Donovan Mitchell Can be the Dwyane Wade from 2006

Published 06/11/2021, 12:46 AM EDT
Jun 8, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) reacts after their win against the LA Clippers in game one in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports


When Steph Curry’s Warriors faced elimination from the playoff contention, fans of three-point shooting did not like it. Later, even Damian Lillard saw the exit door and there went another prolific shooter. But these fans forgot to take notice of Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell whose shooting prowess has now attracted the attention of LeBron James too.

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The Utah Jazz have been treating the Clippers in Round 2 similar to what the Mavs did to the LA team in Round 1. The Jazz first won the series opener with a crazy performance from Rudy Gobert and now stand close to another victory with Spida’s power play.

LeBron James compared Donovan Mitchell to Dwyane Wade

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When a fan on Twitter asked whether Donovan Mitchell could have a postseason similar to Wade’s 2006 golden run, King James responded. Surprisingly, the Akron Hammer gave a major endorsement to Mitch and said, “Very possible!”

This comparison makes sense because Donovan is in a similar position to where DWade was in 2006. Utah Jazz, a 47-YO franchise, has never won an NBA Championship even after appearing in the playoffs for 30 seasons. The closest they came was in 1997 and 1998 when MVP Karl Malone’s Jazz lost back-to-back against Michael Jordan’s Bulls. 

However, just like DWade pulled a heroic performance to help the Miami Heat win their first-ever title in 2006, Donovan has his best opportunity this year.

As of now, the star point guard is very much on the lines of DWade’s performance from 15 years ago. 

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The Jazz won their first game against the Clippers, thanks to DPOY Rudy Gobert’s clutch block. And in the second game, they enjoyed a flying start with a 13-point lead by halftime. Although that difference decreased by half until Q3, Donovan Mitchell proved that he would have a memorable Thursday night. 

Jun 8, 2021; Donovan Mitchell watches his three-pointer drop against Nicolas Batum at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

By Q3, Spida had 30 points, 2 boards, and 4 assists in 28 minutes of playtime. He had dropped six three-pointers at 54.5% accuracy with one entire quarter left. Apart from his offensive show, Joe Ingles’ shooting, and Rudy’s three crucial blocks, it was Jordan Clarkson’s performance that stunned the Clips. The 29-YO Jordan came off the bench to score 24 quick points by Q3 and helped the Jazz stay ahead. 

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Although the Clippers made it a one-point game with five minutes remaining, Utah did a great job restricting the offense from Paul George and outplaying Kawhi Leonard on defense. If this form continues, there’s no reason why Spida, just as Bron stated, won’t become the present-day DWade. 

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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