Comments on Dwyane Wade

Pat Riley on Dwyane Wade:
"He's a player," Riley said. "Wade to me was the most mature player we worked out and scouted, and not only do I see him as a multiple position player, but I see him as a guy that can defend."

The first big shocker of the draft. Pat Riley really wanted a player who could contribute right away. Wade can play in the backcourt with Eddie Jones. He's got a good handle and can play point at times. He's got a great first step and is a solid defender. He's one of the most mature players in the draft. The biggest issue? The Heat desperately need a good shooter in the backcourt. For all of Wade's strengths, he isn't a good long range shooter. Interesting pick. Obviously, by passing on Chris Kaman and Maciej Lampe, Riley doesn't like projects.

CBS - Analysis by Mike Kahn, Executive Editor

This was a shock. With the need for a point guard or center, they obviously went for the most mature player in Wade, who has the same demeanor as the Heat's great rookie last season Caron Butler.
Very active and athletic player who seems to play at another speed. His quickness and decision making are excellent, and he has great desire. His size is a detriment, but his athleticism and long arms help make up for it.