When it was confirmed that Dwyane Wade would be signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2017-18 season, many thought he would be just coasting with the team to try and win another NBA title before he decides to retire. Last night's preseason game, however, shows that's not going to be the case.
The 35-year-old signed a one-year $2.3 million veterans minimum deal with the Cavaliers last month and looks set to link up with LeBron James once more just like they did all those years ago back at the Miami Heat for one more championship run.
Due to his age, many thought that Wade was past his prime and wouldn't be able to provide the production he once did with James down at the Heat. Friday's preseason game against the Indiana Pacers, however, showed that he's still got a bit left in the tank.
Wade managed to produce a nasty reverse slam dunk during the second quarter of the Cavaliers' 106-102 loss against the Pacers on Friday night. He finished the game with 20 points and five rebounds after 22 minutes played.
As clear by the video below, the shooting guard still has a lot left in the tank that the rest of the NBA needs to take note of when they play against Cleveland this season. Washed up? Far from it!
Wade should be able to be productive alongside LeBron at the Cavaliers during 2017-18, as last season while he was still with his previous team, the Chicago Bulls, he averaged 18.3 points on 43.4 percent shooting from the field with 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.
If Wade is able to reproduce the stats he put up last season, as well slams dunks like he did last night, opposing defenses could have a lot more problems than just James when they play against Cleveland this season.