At the beginning of this year, the fight for the last 3 roster spots on a loaded Miami Heat was a big deal. One of the players who ended up making the cut was former first-round pick Eddy Curry. He changed his life after being motivated by Dwyane Wade and LeBron James and hit the weightroom hard to get under 300lbs. The Heat saw potential in him considering he is so young and once showed amazing displays of talent, but on such a loaded roster, what is Spo’s plan for Curry the rest of this season?
Many thought Curry would be that extra big guy that comes off the bench and imposes his will in the paint, but he has been far from that. Curry has only seen action in nine games while averaging only 4:24 minutes per game. Although he worked hard in the weight room to get in shape and become a basketball player again, the stats aren’t showing it. On the season, he has scored 10 points on 4-9 shooting, had 6 rebounds, 0 blocks, and 13 fouls. Those numbers are absolutely terrible and I’m sure Spo feels the same way about it.
Long-term, Curry probably isn’t going to get any better or even get re-signed by the Heat for that matter. Expect to see him in some more games down the stretch as the Heat rest players and give the bench guys some more run, but don’t expect anything extraordinary. The guy had the talent, and maybe still does, but he needs to make the most of his opportunities and produce. Until then, he will just be a first round bust who got signed by the Heat because his teammates liked his new work ethic.
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