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Dean Wade, the kid from Kansas, helping Cavs reach new level of success

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Dean Wade shoots the ball. (Photo by David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

St. John, Kansas is about a thousand miles from Cleveland. It is, as you might imagine, a very small town, with a population just over 1,300 people, located pretty match smack dab in the middle of Kansas. Basketball means everything to many Kansas communities across the high plains, so when a local small-town kid makes it to the NBA it means a lot.

The Cleveland Cavaliers now have one of those kids by the name of Dean Wade. Having been “Mr.