Two-Way Tracker: Meet New Cavaliers Forward Dean Wade

By Jake Winderman | July 24, 2019

Player: Dean Wade

College: Kansas State (2015-2019)

Height/Weight: 6-foot-10, 228 pounds

NBA Team/NBA G League Affiliate: Cleveland Cavaliers/Canton Charge

College Breakdown: Dean Wade is coming off of a decorated four years in college, including back-to-back All-Big 12 First Team honors during his junior and senior seasons. Wade came to Kansas State a Parade High School All-American/Mr. Kansas Basketball out of high school and lived up to the hype in Manhattan. The former Wildcat averaged 14.8 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.7 APG & 1.2 SPG during his final two seasons at Kansas State and shot above 40% from beyond the arc in his final three seasons. Wade made his mark on Big 12 history as well, finishing third in conference history in offensive rating, 11th in true shooting percentage, 16th in defensive rebounds and 16th in effective field goal percentage. The St. John, Kansas-product also led the Wildcats to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including an Elite Eight finish during his junior year.

Scouting Report: Wade’s game incorporates old-school classics with a new-school touch. The former Kansas State letterman has a smooth mid-range jumper and an impressive arsenal of go-to moves in the offensive low post, while also harnessing the ability to knock down shots from deep on command. Wade has the play-making skills to become a point-forward in the NBA and is superb at scoring off the dribble. Off the ball, he is a solid screener and moves well without the rock. Defensively, the big man will need to improve his rebounding and shot-blocking, but his overall one-on-one defensive ability is solid enough to make a mark in the NBA.

Organizational Fit: The Cavaliers’ young roster will give Wade a true chance to fight for playing time in his rookie season in Cleveland. Since the Cavaliers spent early picks on point guards in the 2018 & 2019 NBA Drafts, Wade will more than likely be confined to a more classic power forward role than the point-forward role we saw at Kansas State and in NBA Summer League. Competing with a plethora of other big men for court action, Wade may have to carve out playing time as an over-sized wing/stretch five during his rookie year.

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