LeBron James reacts to idea Jazz star Donovan Mitchell could go 2006 Dwyane Wade on playoffs
Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell is no stranger to Dwyane Wade comparisons, and they’re only getting more prevalent now that Wade owns part of the Jazz and is acting as a mentor. During another Mitchell playoff explosion on Thursday night, a suggestion went out to the Twittersphere that the Jazz star could go on a run similar to Wade during the 2006 playoffs when he led the Miami Heat to an NBA title.
LeBron James took notice of the tweet and endorsed it:
Very possible! Looking as much so far. That kid can flat out GO!!!!!! TOUGH!!!!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 11, 2021
If you somehow forgot, Wade was ridiculous during that playoff run, especially during the 2006 NBA Finals against Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. The future Hall of Famer averaged 34.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists in that series to earn his first championship.
Mitchell has been flat-out absurd to start out these playoffs. After missing the first game due to an ankle injury, the 24-year-old guard averaged 28.5 points, 5.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds over four games against the Memphis Grizzlies. He then went for 45 points in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Clippers and followed that up with 37 points in Thursday’s Game 2, giving the Jazz a 2-0 series lead.
With LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers eliminated from the playoffs, the Jazz and Phoenix Suns are now looking like the new favorites in the Western Conference. Both squads are up 2-0 in the Western Conference Semifinals and look like they’re on a Western Conference Finals collision course.
Utah will need Donovan Mitchell to continue playing at this level to finish off the Clippers and then beat either the Suns or Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals. The Jazz have been dominant all season long and shouldn’t be counted out to win it all, especially with Mitchell playing like Dwyane Wade.