Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade is one of the greatest players to ever play the game.
As a three-time champ, one-time NBA Finals MVP, 13-time All-Star and someone who is widely regarded as a top-five all-time shooting guard, Wade possesses unique insight into what makes players truly great.
This week, he shared some of that wisdom when discussing Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant.
Morant is having an incredible 2022-23 campaign, and it reminds Wade a lot of someone.
“I think the cool thing for a guy like Ja Morant is he got the opportunity to watch Allen Iverson and Derrick Rose and someone like myself,” Wade said.
“These smaller guards who play a lot bigger than they are right. I look at Ja. I look at it similar to me. We’re not known for our outside shot but lead the league in paint points right, putting the pressure on the rim at all times. We’ll put a body on you at any moment going to the basket and just using his athleticism in so many amazing ways.
“So I see a lot of similarities in my game as well to Ja. But I think he mixed a lot of us together and he’s taken it to even another level.”
That is certainly high praise.
Yikes. Horrific. https://t.co/kR6Yev06NN
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 12, 2022
Whether he is speaking openly about the bad shots Stephen Curry takes or settling the Michael Jordan vs LeBron James debate once and for all – Wade generally keeps it pretty clear.
And this was no exception.
The sky’s the limit for Morant right now, and it’s great that legends like Wade are so willingly give him the credit he deserves.
Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.