How ‘Prime Dwyane Wade’ (2011-14) would fare on this Utah Jazz team
If Dwyane Wade, Donovan Mitchell, and Rudy Gobert formed a “Big Three,” how many championships could the Utah Jazz win? So far, the duo of Mitchell and Gobert has won not one, not two, not three, but zero championships.
Even with a dynamic duo in John Stockton and Karl Malone, Utah was unable to get over the hump in two straight NBA Finals from 1997 to 1998. The opponent, however, was Michael Jordan. He had never lost in the NBA Finals.
While Wade was dominant for the Miami Heat in their “Big Three” era, he eventually gave the superhero costume to LeBron James and played the sidekick role. At this point, it is unknown if Mitchell would be ready for that spotlight.
Wade could thrive in a point guard role on this team. The alley-oop baseball pass opportunities would be endless. Gobert is also a better defender than Chris Bosh. While he doesn’t have the outside shooting presence, his pick-and-roll brilliance could unlock the Utah Jazz offense time and again.
The main question here is whether Wade could match the 3-point brilliance of the Jazz in this new era of the NBA where this shot is invaluable. Wade averaged just over 30 percent from beyond the arc in 2011 but didn’t eclipse that mark in the following three years with James as his teammate.
Outside shooting is one of the few skills that current Utah point guard Mike Conley has over Wade in his career. Conley did struggle to figure out the Jazz system in his first year. However, the lefty has had a strong second year for this hot-shooting team.
Wade would have to shoot above 30 percent from three while shooting at a high volume for Utah to win a title in this era.
He would also have to be elite in every other aspect for the Jazz to beat the super-team Brooklyn Nets. Wade did help beat Kevin Durant and James Harden in the NBA Finals back in 2012 when they were stars on the Oklahoma City Thunder. If he could shoot over 35 percent from deep, then the NBA would want to look out for Utah.
As he did with the Heat in 2012 and 2013, Wade could possibly help lead the Jazz to back-to-back NBA Championships. He also could help the Jazz get their longest winning streak in franchise history. Remember that Wade in 2013 was part of a 27-game winning streak, which was the second-best in NBA history at the time.
Projection: The Utah Jazz would win the NBA Championship, beating the Brooklyn Nets in seven games…